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Old 06-28-2010   #1
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Buying my 1st WW Kayak, Suggestions

Im about to buy a Perception ARC kayak

Im new to white water kayking, but am no stranger to extrem"er" sports, I climb daily and mtn bike reguarly. I want something I can take on some stronger rivers around GA, and mainly want to river run/do easy easy creeking?

Any Personal Experience/Suggestions about this yak?

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Old 06-28-2010   #2
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Read this review...I have a friend who had one and thought the same.
Perception Arc Reviews
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Old 06-28-2010   #3
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Jackson Hero might be a good choice. Good river runner, "creek-able," and sporty enough to grab a wave and surf. Find a club function and/or outdoor store and demo everything you can.
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Old 06-28-2010   #4
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Get one with a motor mount.
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Old 06-28-2010   #5
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get a Dancer.
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Old 06-28-2010   #6
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The Arc's a decent beginner boat, easy to roll and good on river running. You can probably retrofit it for a motor but then you'd have to register it and probably mix gas and oil and it just gets messy.. get the paddle version. Ditto to ActionJackson, demo demo demo and you'll find the right fit.
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Old 06-29-2010   #7
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2nd on the Jackson Hero for a riverrunner/creeker or 4Fun for all around riverrunner/playboat. they are pretty darn stable, great secondary stability (less likely to roll over when on its edge ?)
Jackson's are easier than any other boat i've ever been in to roll. they have simple outfitting (except for the happyfeet footbags which are like a mini Vacuum mattress. not bad if youre taught to use them right.)
and affordable too, the entry level boats are ~$800 for the linear plastic. which is only $200 more then a good used demo boat. Thats coming from someone who's never bought a new boat in 11 years.(Til this summer)I am the proud new owner of a brand new Jackson villain and a used 4fun, and I have never thought any kayak ever fit me right until these boats. I sat in every boat i Could at Paddlefest last month, and literally Nothing fit me right except the jackson boats. granted I have thick legs from skiing and snowboarding most of my life. Also they handle very well on the water. makes you feel like the boats on your side instead of trying to ditch you.
The other boats that were my top choices besides Villain and 4fun, but not quite right (for me) were:

river runners:
Liquidlogic Remix
Wavesport Diesel
Dagger Mamba

river play:
Jackson Fun
LL Crossriver series
wavesport fuse

Hope this helps... from an 11th year rookie
PS that perception is WAY outdated (2003) and they dont even make whitewater kayaks anymore( the review) also since youre in the SE try and get to one of the schools or festivals to demo different boats..
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Dagger first ww kayak and I still have it...really stable and easy to roll...but can totally play too.
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