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Here you are then Andrew....see below mate.solatree said:How come there is no Swing in the Kayak reviews yet ? :?
Have a great reputation - time for a review. Comon Dodge, Leftie, wearebeingwatched 8)
The Perception Swing is now no longer in production so any potential new owners will have to buy one on the second hand market where although unchanged in production for about 15 years they seem to have a good following and still range from $600 to about $1200 depending on age, condition, and fit out....but note regardless of year it is the same hull with only variation on things like footrests.
Size and weight
Length 4.01m.......Beam 76cms.........Weight 24 kgs..........Capacity 170 kgs [but suspect you can jack up both weights]
Being a sit on top kayak it has 4 scuppers in the footwell, and two in the seat, it has adjustable footrests, and these also control the rudder if one is fitted, on the gunwales there are set of moulded in deck attachment points for use of thigh straps, and also attachments points for the seat.
The cockpit area also has a ridiculous 5" hatch and net bag [which was gone within a week of me buying my yak 4 years ago], and also a depression for holding a drink bottle [its great if you like drinking hot water, one outing and that was stopped]
The seat is wide enough for a fat arsed paddler, and the tall user should also find the length adequate although one WA AKFFer took out the footrest to be comfortable.
Because the seating position gives a low centre of gravity [and is an aid to the boats stability] at 90 kgs I have a few mms of water over the seat, and about 30mm at the feet scuppers....although kayaking is a wet sport I choose to plug the 6 scuppers and have a completely dry boat with no change in free board or stability.
The rear tank well has 4 scuppers which admit about 15mms of water with me and my clutter on board
In hull storage
A 10" rubber lidded hatch on the bow, and another on the rear deck [this was an extra in early boats] give access into the hull on the water, and with the bag out you have limited access through the small hatch in the cockpit....personally I only access the bow on shore, but can use the rear hatch easily sitting side. saddle
Ability to customize 9/10
In a nut shell they are a dream to modify with DIY projects if you are happy to use a drill and saw. my swing is possibly the most chopped up swing on the forum, having bolts through the bottom, screws through the side for paddle holder, and holes galore along the decks and a huge timber hatch to replace the 5" hatch.
Best aspects 8.5/10
For a boat to remain popular for 15 years speaks for itself, it is great in any conditions with good primary and secondary stability, sitting side saddle is no concern.
They are happy in the surf [although no match for SA skis], and good in estuary and streams and can be easily turned around in its own length.
They track nicely without a rudder if not fitted.
Worst aspects 6/10
Think modern kayaks have better access into the hull through the cockpit hatches, and although I used the small one for about 3 years find my largs hatch mod a major improvement to the boat and feel the swing would have had a far longer life if it had been professional upgrade by the manufacturer, but plainly the sale by Perception to Mission had other goals.
Here are the AKFF Swings to this point viewtopic.php?f=14&t=5628
Plainly I have a bias in reviewing the swing as it ticks all the boxes for my needs over 4 years of use in all conditions, but in considering my ratings comments I have had a trial runs on the following yaks [certainly some very briefly]....Scupper Pro*, Pacer, Quest, Outback, Revo, Catch 390, 2 x Stealth, Profish*, Tarpon 12* and Prowler Elite 4.5.
I would happily buy another Swing, and of the boats listed above those marked with an * were also enjoyed.
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