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Length Width Weight Cockpit Deck Height Max Capacity
17' 23" 58 lbs. 35 x 19.5" 16.5" < 350 lbs.

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Perception Essence 17.0 Ocean Touring Sea Kayak with TruTrak Skeg - The Perception Essence 17.0 redefines sea kayak performance. Allowing expert and novice sea kayakers alike to push their abilities to new levels, the Essence 17.0 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 17.0 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 isn't just for experts or the sea. The predictable handling of the Perception Essence 17.0 touring sea kayak gives paddlers all the tracking and maneuverability needed for that great expedition in a stable, comfortable package!

Don't forget a spray skirt and cockpit cover! A skirt is important for keeping water out of the boat and the cockpit cover helps keep out rain, dust, and things that crawl! A size 2.2 Deck Seals skirt and cockpit cover fits the Essence 17.0.

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Essence 17.0 Ocean Touring Sea Kayak with TruTrak Skeg

  • Exolar hyper-resin polyethylene plastic
  • Zone EXP seating system
    • Height adjustable leg support
    • Adjustable padded thighbraces
    • Ergonomically designed backband
    • Adjustable footpegs
  • TruTrak System (TTS) drop skeg (also rudder-ready)
  • 10" Dual Density bow hatch
  • 8" day hatch
  • Oval Dual Density stern hatch
  • Bow, midship, & stern sealed bulkheads
  • Perimeter reflective safety line
  • Bow & stern bungee deck rigging
  • Compass recess
  • Retractable Soft Touch carry handles
  • Don't forget a cockpit cover! A size 2.2 Deck Seals cover fits the Essence 17.0.

    Shopping Info

    The Essence appears to be an amalgam--British bow and North American stern with a slight rocker, modestly hard chine, and a shallow v-bottom. It's a big boat with a roomy cockpit and plenty of room for larger paddlers. The seat is excellent and the thigh braces are adjustable. Three storage compartments have plenty of room for gear, if not overly long. The boat carries a retractable skeg, and is rudder-ready with everything required except the rudder. I'm puzzled as to why this boat would need a rudder, however. This is a very easy boat to paddle, a solid tracker, even with the skeg up, and weathercocks minimally. And it is fast and easy to push to speed and maintain. My first day with the boat covered about five miles, after which I felt none of the fatigue I experienced after the same distance in my Eclipse. The boat has just enough freeboard to edge well, which helps maneuverability, as this boat tracks as if on rails. Initial stability is very good, and secondary is about what one would expect of a boat with this length and beam. This boat is a keeper!

    F. S.

    Aspen CO


    Essence 17.0 Touring Sea Kayak with TruTrak Skeg by Perception Kayaks for Kayaking


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    Perception Essence 17.0 Touring Sea Kayak with TruTrak Skeg:

    Length Width Weight Cockpit Deck Height Max Capacity
    17' 23" 58 lbs. 35 x 19.5" 16.5" < 350 lbs.

    Click Here For A Sizing Chart