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Old 08-16-2010   #1
Elizabeth, Pennsylvania
Paddling Since: 2007
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Anyone ever hear of a Perception Spirit?

Hey all, let me begin my first post by telling you a little about myself. I've been paddling recreational kayaks for a couple of years now but I think I would like to get into whitewater kayaking. I know a little bit about it because my girlfriend does some low level whitewater with her university club, but honestly my knowledge is pretty basic. My real question concerns a kayak that was given to me. I was told that it is an old (20+ years) whitewater kayak, a perception spirit. The hull is a little brittle from sun damage, and it has a crack in it from hitting a large rock, but as of now it floats and doesn't take on any water. It's long, but it handles more like my girlfriend's Fluid than either a rec kayak or a sea kayak. What I'm wondering is was this boat really intended for whitewater, and can it still be used for beginner rapids (class 2 and 3?)?

Also, right now the crack is simply duct taped, but if at all possible I would like to patch it. Is this possible and what would be the best way to do this?

My ultimate plan is to hopefully use this boat for now and spend my money on a helmet and a good life vest, while keeping an eye on CraigsList for a boat that I can afford. I thought I'd ask on here for opinions on whether or not this would be a good and safe idea.


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Old 08-16-2010   #2
Cisco, Utah
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Wow, that is old old old school.... Ya.. it was made for white water, size of a station wagon. Think it is closer to 30 years old though., early 80's maybe. I would think you could take it out and learn a bit in it, but any kayak you replace it with (replace it soon!) will be a whole new learning curve. Patch the crack with either bituthane (roofing material, ask at a construction site for a couple feet of it) and or 'Gorilla Tape' (Home depot). In the end that thing will make a sweet planter or mail box stand.

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Old 08-17-2010   #3
Crested Butte, Colorado
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If you have a skirt that fits it, go ahead and use it a few times. However, boats from that era had very small cockpits that are hard to get out of which makes them less than ideal for learning to paddle. You wont have any trouble finding something newer that is still really cheap. Learn to endo in that baby before you upgrade cause it just aint the same in a short boat!
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Old 08-18-2010   #4
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Spirit is short for "spirit of 76" as in 1976, so yeah its older than 20 years.
It was designed by Allen Stancil, who as far as I know works for Liquidlogic/ legacy paddle sports and has designed lots and lots of boats in his carreer.

would be fine to use to learn some flatwater skills in but ultimately a more modern design will allow the comfort and maneuverability you need to move forward with your skills.
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