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Perception Essence 17.0 Airalite Kayak with Skeg

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Get set up for that long-distance trip you've been dreaming about in the Perception Essence 17.0 Airalite kayak with skeg, and enjoy the smooth, easy-to-paddle design.

  • Airalite is a thermoformed material ABS and acrylic material, stiff and light like traditional composites and with similar looks, but with a price closer to polyethylene
  • It consists of high-impact acrylic layered over durable ABS plastic; it's the same type of material used in whirlpools, spas and some marine parts
  • Airalite also features adhesives that enhance the flexibility of the material and boost its resistance to UV light
  • Touring-style hull offers excellent versatility, which is great for those seeking a boat for everything from open water to local lakes
  • Geared towards larger paddlers, the 17 ft. length offers an increase in capacity and speed over the smaller 16.5 ft. model
  • Soft-chined hull allows edging with confidence and a balance of turning, tracking and stability
  • The cockpit of the Perception Essence 17.0 is designed to accommodate larger paddlers
  • Defined coaming readily accepts a spray skirt
  • Preventing lower-back pain and posterior numbness, the cushy expedition seat offers comfort for hours on the water
  • Adjust the back strap of the seat using 1 large webbing strap with ladderlock; adjust height using 3 smaller webbing straps
  • Padded foam thighbraces may be repositioned to personalize cockpit for performance on comfort; leg lifter straps shore up space on side of seat to enhance support
  • Slidelock footbraces are easy to adjust from inside the boat; simply raise the black plastic rod to unlock and slide footbrace into desired position
  • Fully bulkheaded bow, stern and day hatches provide generous dry cargo storage for extended voyages; the Essence 17.0 features a cargo capacity of 350 lbs.
  • 8 in. day hatch is located just behind cockpit and is designed to provide easy-to-reach access to items you'll need while on the water
  • Cockpit-deployable skeg enhances tracking in rough water and windy conditions; sliding skeg controls are located on left side of cockpit
  • Should you venture into rough waters, the rudder-ready Essence 17.0 is designed to accept the Harmony BTS Rudder Kit, sold separately
  • Reflective perimeter deck lines boost visibility and they provide a firm handhold to get back into kayak after a wet exit
  • Deck rigging on bow and stern lets you stash items you'll want readily available such as a bilge pump, extra paddle and map with weatherproof case, not included
  • Soft-to-the-touch carry handles at bow and stern make trips from the water easy; unlike hard, plastic handles, the soft-touch handles are easy on cold, paddle-weary hands
  • The Essence 17.0 Airalite kayak with skeg weighs approximately 50 lbs.

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Perception Essence 17.0 Airalite Kayak with Skeg Specs
Best use
Sea kayaking
Airalite Acrylic/ABS
17 feet
23 inches
16.5 inches
50 pounds
35 x 19.5 inches
Padded / foam
350 pounds
Hull construction
Cockpit size
Seat type
Number of paddlers
Hatch capacity
Weight capacity (lbs)
Tracking system

Perception Essence 17.0 Airalite Kayak with Skeg

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