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Perception Acadia Kayaks Review

Perception Acadia


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Length: 12'4 Width: 27.5 in


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Review Date
January 9, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: steve field ,  Paddler

Summary:
Started out kayaking late last season with my local club in Maidstone UK, using their equipment gave me an insight (and a lust) for kayaking. Started out in a Dagger Approach, then bought a Charlseton 15' coz i was told that it was a good beginners boat ............ NOT. After a few fast early upturns ending in disaster made a local trade with the owner of a Acadia 12' who was looking for something faster. Since trading for the Acadia i spend most weekends on 'the medway'(our local river), i find it can hold a good turn of speed which is easy to maintain. Its stablility is pretty good, with good tracking.I do find it a little on the heavy side but you get used to it :)If you do capsize, it is an easy boat to empty due to the airtight rear compartment. The keyhole cockpit makes for easy entry and exit from landing stages etc. I am glad to hear someone has used it doing the full length of The Grand Union Canal, as it was what i bought the kayak for later this year :). As another steve has said, the only thing i can fault it with is if you strap it down too hard the area just in front of the cockpit tends to 'flex' a bit. All in all i would rate the Acadia as a 9 out of 10 kayak. I like it so much i am buying another for my son :))

Customer Service:
Kent Canoe Centre have supplied a second to none service not just for the kayak but also for the ancilliaries that come with playing on the water :))

Similar Products Used:
Dagger Approach
Pyrahna
Dagger Charleston


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Review Date
July 24, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: KayakPaddler ,  Paddler

Summary:
I bought this boat a few years back after trying a Swifty 3.1 and hating it. My Acadia has the old-style low plastic seat. However, by sitting on a Crazy Creek high back chair, it's a very comfy ride. I bought a Captiva later, thinking that by having more of a touring style of boat, it would be more satisfying. I still like the Acadia better. It is light, easy to turn, and fun. Plus, it's fairly fast...faster than the Captiva I think. However, I've since also gotten a Wilderness Systems Tarpon 160, which is an awesome boat. But, it's longer and heavier, and while it turns amazingly fast, the Acadia is perfectly suited for creeks and coves, and at the same time capable of rivers and estuaries. I haven't paddled it on the coast, but I think it would do fine for close to shore.

Customer Service:
Pretty good. I haven't talked to them in a long time.

Similar Products Used:
Wilderness Systems Tarpon, Perception Swifty, Perception Eclipse, fiberglass sea kayaks that Derek Hutchinson designed, and lots of canoes.


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Review Date
June 5, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: Joe Martin ,  Paddler

Summary:
I've had this Kayak for about 8 years and have loved it. Now it's time to move on to a more sea worthy kayak. Don't get me wrong I will not get rid of it. My skills have progressed beyond the capabilities of this kayak. I will definitely pass it on to my kids.

Customer Service:
Great.


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Review Date
December 1, 2003

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: eric ,  Paddler

Summary:
Great all-round boat, especially for solo paddling. Doesn't track very well but it makes up for it in its maneuverability.
I paddle alot in the New Jersey pine barrens where the rivers can be extremely windy and narrow. I find this boat to be ideal for that kind of situation.
The inflatable lumbar support in the seat is a big plus!(available on the 2004 models) the only problem is that the air release valve comes off very easy. I almost lost it the very first time I put the boat it in the water. be sure not to loosen it too much.
There is plenty of dry storage space at the stern for overnight trips. Tent, sleep bag food clothes, etc.

Customer Service:
haaaahaa! i can help you. im a salesman. i believe the customer service i gave myself was supurb!

Similar Products Used:
perception carolina 14.5 (airalite)
dagger catylist 13
dagger element (new for 2004!)
dagger blackwater 11.5
perception sundance 12 (airalite)
perception sonoma 13.5 (airalite)
perception shadow
wilderness systems pungo 120
ocean kayak malibu two xl
boreal design ookpik
heritage sea dart
old town loon 138
heritage featherlite
oldtown loon 120


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Review Date
October 2, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: Phil

Summary:
I've just got back from canoeing the entire length of the Grand Union Canal - the
longest waterway in the UK (135 miles). My kayak was an Acadia, which I hired,
and I have to say it's a fantastic boat. Runs nice and straight, really comfy seats,
very stable and fits in a van. Loads of stowage space but access can be a bit
tricky (esp as my model had no hatch or bungee decking). She's a bit heavy for
carrying round lock gates, but light enough in the water and great fun if unladen.
A five star beginner's boat - though more advanced users might want to look
at the Carolina instead.

Similar Products Used:
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