Vander T.wrote a review of Perception Essence 16.5 Kayak on January 1, 2013
Familiarity: I've used it several times
The description says its built for smaller paddlers, NOT. I'm 6ft 1in and over 200 lbs and this is the best boat I've ever been in and I currently own 6. I live on the bay where the water conditions change constantly and sometimes without warning. I've never had to roll my boat to get out of a situation. I've put first timers in this boat and now I have 7 friends that have bought boats based off of how this boat handles. The bulkheads leak but nothing a little waterproofing spray didn't fix. She's fast too. kept up with a 18ft 45 lb skin boat used for racing. Here's mine with a custom built set of outriggers used for fishing that I can take on and off. Thinking about buying a second boat to fabricate a sailing Catamaran.