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Old 04-25-2009   #1
San Francisco, California
Join Date: Apr 2009
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Perception/Aquaterra Kayak....Good kayak for me?

Im new to this forum. I am looking to buy a kayak and cant seem to find any good advice, I was hoping I might be able to find it here. I am new to kayaking, but am an avid outdoors man. I am a very big backpacker, which is what got me interesting in pursing touring kayaking. SO....I am looking for a kayak which I can take on trips for multiple nights. Optimally, I would like a kayak that can hold a good amount of gear and be able to do "longer" distances. I am looking to buy a used kayak, and have found a Perception/Aquaterra Kayak, also known as the Sea Lion I beleive used, and in good shape for $250. I know thatsa good deal, but I was hoping I could find out if that would be a good kayak for me? I am also a college kid living on student loans, so cost is an issue for me.

Sorry, for the long explanation, but any input would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 04-25-2009   #2
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This could be a really good kayak to be starting out in. I've been kayaking for about 5 years now. Most people start out in a cheap rec boat they quickly outgrow. This is a full-fledged sea kayak. It's a good boat. It wouldn't be my first choice if I had some money to burn (I don't love the hatch covers standing out of the deck so much and this is clearly built to be rugged but not a streamlined super-performer; it is also certainly heavy as a tank). But a roto mold plastic boat is an excellent choice. I have 2 sea yaks, one trylon hull and a poly boat like this. It's always good to have at least one plastic boat because they're tough as nails and no matter what will always last you.

*This is a true ocean-goer you are looking at so make sure you start out slow and in sight of shore. Be careful, this boat can get you wayyyyy out there and in trouble. Cool!

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Old 04-25-2009   #3
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Here is a link to reviews over on paddling.net

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Old 04-25-2009   #4
San Francisco, California
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I was wondering if anyone may know when this kayak (aquattera/ perception sea lion) was manufactured? It is about 5 years old, or 15 years old or what?
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