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Thats an interesting read particularly the reply by 'lets go', seems a nice unit but disappointed to see the rear hatch of the swing has gone [much used by me onwater], I like the new front hatch size and coming into line with other brands...I'm content with my rig but this would be a nice option for a new buyer, particularly with the surf ability reported
 
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Thats a fine looking yak....

Testament to the design of the Tarpon's, everyone wants to copy them at the moment! (even though Perception are part of the same parent company these days) :)

Flat floor
Side pockets for stuff
Tackle box storage behind the seat
Wilderness Systems style seat, with padding!
Bungee in front of seat for tacklebox?
No annoying 4" hatch behind seat, tankwell is therefore closer and easier to access

The only thing I dont like is the front hatch cover.
The Wilderness Systems hatch covers get looser over time and are prone to popping off. Fixable with a bungee system but a pain to have to drill more holes and add things like that on a new yak.

Otherwise, I can't really find anything about it I dont like.

To answer poddys Q's : I hope so, and most definately....if they can get them down here in the not too distant future as I need to fill the empty space on my wall!
 

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Thats is one fine loooking boat.
But i see its got rear seat rod holders i find them too low to the water and know good for trolling with my yak anyways.
But i do like the bracket to keep the crate in place in the back well and the bungi cord to put your paddle in at the front.
 
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Thats is one fine loooking boat.
But i see its got rear seat rod holders i find them too low to the water and know good for trolling with my yak anyways.
But i do like the bracket to keep the crate in place in the back well and the bungi cord to put your paddle in at the front.
Heya Rik :)

I dont use my rear flushmounts for the same reason, although I would still have them installed on any yak I had. I use them to hold my lip grippers and gaff.
 

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another great looking design, and again, very tarpon'ish'. I love the raised centre section between the legs - ideal for mounting FF's , extra rod holders (Flushmount or scotty). Theres also plenty of room mid cockpit for tackle boxes, bait etc

Again, the perception guys have told me (earlier this week) that they are not intending to import any more SOT fishing yaks into Australia as the Swing fills this section of the market. Bugga!
 
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I dont really understand this type of thinking by Perception....

The trend lately seems to have been more and more members in this forum looking to other manufacturers models (Hobie, Ocean Kayak, and Others). Most of which are aimed squarely at the Yak Fisherman.

Seems less guys are buying Swings these days, and when a good opportunity presents itself for Perception to reverse this trend they are not interested?

I'm sure a lot of recreational paddlers would still buy Swings even if they sold these two models side by side, unfortunately as things stand Perception in Australia have no real SOT alternative to the Swing which is suitable for fishing, in either the 12" and under or 14"-15" and over class.

The Perception kayaks have a great reputation here in Australia, I'm surprised they dont have (and no intention to add) more offerings in these other classes.
 

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Who knows, give it a couple of years and Perception 15 footer may end up down this way (especially if Swing sales taper off with more options on the market). That's OK with me...let those fella's in the states iron out her bugs and get her tricked up nicely. I'm with Dodge though, and don't like seeing the rear hatch disappear. I also think I spy the moulded in decking loops have gone, bummer number two. Hoiking the Swing about by it's thigh straps also wins points for mine. But if the build quality of that yak equalled the Swings it would pique my interest if it ever made it south. I guess I just want Perception to make a 15 foot Swing...without really knowing why :shock: :roll:
 

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I had a quick look at this kayak today at a kayak trade fair in Germany - looks very interesting.

I am sitting doing some work in my hotel room - and listening to Dave Downey on my lap top. Weird feeling - if I close my eyes I could be on a dawn patrol drive for a paddle from Palm Beach or Scarborough - been a while since I have had that pleasure! In France you have to have a fully compliant kayak to go offshore - and longer than 4 metres if you plan to go further than 400 metres offshore.
 

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Hiya Redro, Good to see you've joined the underground and are casting a spying peeper around for akff. Was the build quality the same of the older Perception yaks :?:
 

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In France you have to have a fully compliant kayak to go offshore - and longer than 4 metres if you plan to go further than 400 metres offshore.
Gday Nick sounds like you may have to use your plastic skills and put a bowsprit on the front of your yak to get the extra length :wink:
 

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Hi Poddy I must say I did not look that closely. It certainly look well finished - and like all Perception's products I am sure the build quality will be excellent (this one was moulded in the US).

Yes Richo - bureaucracy is a way of life here in France. I always thought Aus tended to be a bit of a nanny state - but we really do have it very good in terms of being able to do pretty well what we want - so long as it does not have a negative impact on others. I guess offshore kayaking and kayak fishing will remain fairly unregualted in Aus - so long as there are no problems (like expensive search and rescue operations).
 

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Cheers for the commentary Nick, it's an interesting world ya live in compared to a Melb burb dweller. By the way is the food all is it's cracked up to be...uh oh my guts is doing the talking again ? :D

PeterJ, I think you've skillfully turned this thread into a suspenseful Grisham page turner.......if I dare ask what happened next it may go

I was talking to the owners of Perception this morning. In person. Just as they replied I heard the approach of distant sirens, and as is everyman's want I turned to peer out of the window.
"Holy Billibob Mackeral!!". The shadow had darted not ten feet away. Not ten feet away!
What was that he was carrying, and why was he limping? Then an oddly familiar stench filled the air, and a pungent recognition struck me down. My bones were chilled. My face drained. I was rapidly at risk of turning into a Cooper's Pale Ale. Was I about to meet my maker. Had justice finally caught up with me. Would Mushi use me as a squid measure?. The next moments would reveal all, my berley trail of dark secrets had finally been broken. :shock: :D

What'd they say PeterJ :?: :wink: :D
 

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I'm still tryin to figure that out Poddy :?

It started by me just talking to someone about fishing on a yak :roll: ,pretty she was too :shock:

They then walked in and must have heard the conversation and kept going with the "dumb as" questions you would get from people that know nothing about fishing from one????? huh.

I knew who they were so was trying to find out why they were in Aus, visiting a rival company.( i wouldn't read anything into this as they are personal friends)
But why are they here i'm still wondering ,as the conversation they were having while i was there was very obtuse.Nice people though.
 

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I might join ya in an "Hmm" then. And raise ya a head scratch :D
 

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