Originally Posted by CBrown
It's a shame Perception doesn't make WW boats anymore. They were groundbreaking way back in the day. They had a firm foothold in the market. IMO, Confluence Conglomerate muddled the design pool.
Their decision to have Perception make sea kayaks and Dagger focus on whitewater made some sense--instead of being like GMC and Chevy with the same pickup and different headlights.
No manufacturer/designer has truly held the market--Perception, Dagger, Riot, Eskimo, Pyranha, WaveSport, Prijon, Jackson, LL...have all had good runs when they've had the hot designs out, then they wane, then come back with new hot designs.
The most successful have been paddler/designer-driven and not manufacturer-driven--that's probably where Perception lost out.