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Storage, comfort, and speed over long-haul tours are the name of the game for the Perception Essence 16. 5 Kayak which was built for smaller expedition paddlers. Grab your map and plan an extended trip over coastal waters with your gear stashed safely away inside the three sealed hatches. A height-adjustable drop skeg provides additional control over your boat tracking and the slightly rockered bow rides over choppy ocean conditions. Slide into supremely-fitted EXP seating and float out to a new adventure.
Perception Essence 16.5 Touring Sea Kayak with TruTrak Skeg - The Perception Essence 16.5 redefines sea kayak performance. Allowing expert and novice sea kayakers alike to push their abilities to new levels , the Essence 16.5 offers solid tracking, yet is maneuverable due to its unique design. Comfortable and stable with great ergonomics, the Zone EXP seating system is fully adjustable for a personalized fit. Three sealed bulkheads are easily accessible via separate deck hatches, providing ample storage for longer trips. Retractable carry handles make transporting your boat a breeze. Drop the skeg and open up a whole new level of excitement. The TruTrak skeg keeps the Essence 16.5 moving straight and tracking true. The hydrofoil shape cuts efficiently through water, and retracts into a water-tight housing when not in use. The thrill and performance of sea kayaking isnâ??t just for experts or the sea. The predictable handling of the Perception Essence 16.5 touring sea kayak gives smaller paddlers all the tracking and maneuverability needed for that great expedition in a stable, comfortable package!
The Essence 16.5 kayak from Perception is built to perform on the ocean with a design that provides a blend of speed and stability. Touring style hull offers excellent versatility; great for those seeking a boat for everything from open water to local lakes. Cockpit is snug and precise fitting, providing positive fit for aggressive edging and rolls without being uncomfortable for casual touring. Rigid polyethylene hull withstands years of use without the need for maintenance. Liquicell seat technology focuses on the elimination of low-back pain caused by sitting in one position over long periods. Adjustable footbraces and padded foam thighbraces customize cockpit for maximum performance and comfort. Fully bulkheaded bow, stern and day hatches provide generous dry cargo storage for extended voyages. Cockpit-deployable skeg enhances tracking in rougher water and windy conditions. Perimeter deck lines for increased safety and easy re-entry into kayak. Deck rigging on bow and stern lets you stash items you want to have readily available. Ergonomic carry handles at bow and stern make trips to and from the water a cinch.
2NDS . Designed for maximum versatility, the Perception Essence 16.5 kayak has a touring-style hull for open water adventure and a snug cockpit for edging and rolls. Touring hull for smooth paddling in open water Snug, precise fitting cockpit for action on aggressive water Bow, stern and day hatches for storage on extended tours Bungee deck rigging Padded adjustable seat Ergonomic haul handles for portaging Weight capacity: 325 lb. Length: 16’5” Width: 23” Depth: 15-1_2” Cockpit: 35-1_2x19-1_2” Weight: 55 lb. Material: Polyethylene 2NDS . USA. Boats are cosmetic 2NDS and may come with minor blemishes, not unlike those that will be incurred on the first outing. To ensure your satisfaction, please remove all packaging material immediately upon arrival, and inspect for damage prior to signing acceptance form from carrier. Note any damage on carrier’s document, and contact Sierra Trading Post with any problems. Delivery Charge: $125. Must ship via truck within the continental U.S. only. Cannot be applied to special shipping offers.
- Sierra Trading Post
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