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The Swifty 9.5 is an easy-access boat. That is, anyone can jump in and immediately have fun on lakes, ponds, or mellow rivers. For this reason, the Swifty 9.5 if Perception's most popular recreational kayak. The hull with dual tracking channels is designed to go straight, but it's small enough for novice maneuvering. Wide and flat, the Swifty's bottom allows the beginning boater to learn paddling on a steady, relaxing platform.

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just for fun

    The 9.5 swifty is a great little boat. I am 66 years young and this is my first time kayaking. I love this boat, it is ease to handle and very stable. I had trouble geating in and out at my dock but I fixed this by making a floating ramp. That made it easy and stable for the old man to get in and out. This is excellent exercise, just don't overdo it at first.

    Is there a way to trace the original sale...

    Is there a way to trace the original sale from manufacturer to retailer and the the first buyer so that I can come up with a title. I bought the swifty from and individual for cash and would like to register it in Illinois. The owner did not have this info.

    There should be a hull id number somewhere on the kayak that you can provide Perception to get the info you need to register it.


    excellent kayak

      i love this kayak...its light and easy to control...moves fast with the right form and paddles, sturdy, and has adjustable foot pedals and an adjustable seat

      Write your question here...Where can I get...

      Write your question here...Where can I get a cockpit cover for this kayak?

      Hi Carole,

      I got one from Seals Skirts online (try They also have awesome "half skirts" that are great for lakes.

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      Write your question here...Where can I...

      Write your question here...Where can I find a cockpit cover to fit a Swifty Perception 9.5?

      I can't seem to find much information on...

      I can't seem to find much information on the height of kayaks. You might call it the profile. I need to know if I can pass the Swifty though my trunk and back seat to the front seat, all of which fold down. Looks like I have about a foot of clearance.

      I looked for the same info and could not find specs either. With a level and a tape, i got the best est. depth of 12 inches. Hope this helps.

      I'm diong a kayak trip down the rio grand...

      I'm diong a kayak trip down the rio grand from alb nm and the river is pretty low. This is the only time I have to go. I called REI and they have a perception swifty for rent. My question is how will that do on a low river. I'm am taking a sit on top fishing kayak.

      as long as you've got 6-8 inches of h20, you should be fine. your weight + the weight of the gear you pack into/on it will play a factor, obviously, as well. due to its light weight, though, the more shallow spots won't make the carry over-exerting. i've had mine for 3 years, put it through hell, and it's holding up just fine. i love my swifty, man, and i won't get rid of it until the elements absorb it back to its natural state.

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      Can you use a perception swifty on class...

      Can you use a perception swifty on class 1-3 rapids?


      love my swifty

        This is the perfect boat for me. It's a cute, wide, light little thing. It has been rated low by some because of its slowness, but I paddled circles around my friends' Old Town Dirigos. I would say it's the best boat you can get for this price. And anyone who says it doesn't track well just needs to learn how to paddle.


        Swifty 9.5

          Having previously paddled a Swifty 9.5 kayak I was ecstatic when my family gave me my own for a recent birthday gift. I have since used in local streams for many hours of enjoyable paddling. I particularly like the lightweight for carrying. It also fits nicely into my compact pickup truck bed (tailgate down). Tracking in flat water is very good and very quiet as I can get very close to the local wildlife. I am looking forward to some longer trips with this boat and highly recommend it for flat water paddlers whether novice or experienced. DCZ