Great info, @freedomomelet, very much appreciated! Some good, important points there to consider.Hey guys, I have used two Perception Carolina kayaks for about 15 years now. One is a 14.5ft composite hull and the other is a 13.5ft rotomolded plastic type hull. Both were used on rivers and big lake water. I primarily used them for long multiday river trips where all my gear is with me so bulk hatches and rigging were very important to me. Both boats have been great for my uses as I've tried inflatable ones in the past and have had bad days on rocks. Inflatables typically don't track straight worth crap so use them on small water or fast rivers like whitewater. If you're just tooling around in a rocky area like fast rivers and need fast turning, go for a cheap rotomolded or inflatable. If you need something that tracks well/straight in bigger water and/or need a multiday excursion gear hauler, go with a larger composite type boat.
Plus and minus thoughts here:
- easy to maneuver due to rigidity
- dont take impacts well from rocks, tend to split rather then bounce off
- practically indestructible, aka bouncy resistance. good for big rocks!Cons:
- can tend to "melt" or deform in really hot conditions when strapped down to rigs/mountsView attachment 55261
- heavy in larger/longer boats