Have owned the Perception Sound 12.5 (non angler edition) for 2 months now and have been pleasantly surprised by the boats design. We sold our canoe 2 years ago and decided to get kayaks for the family. After paddling for a year with a solo for my wife and a tandem for me and our 9 year old son we decide to get two more solo yaks so our son can start to develop paddling skills. I was drawn to the Sound 12.5 because of the unique sit in design with a scupper tank well like a sit on top. What I love most about this boat is you can load large items like a canoe behind the seat and load the rest like a kayak. We have paddled Lakes in the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone Lake and Colorado Lakes and while this boat is not the most efficient hull design it does what we need and tracks well. I call it the freighter since I end up carrying most of our camping equipment and it handles the load very well, guessing around 300lbs.
I give this boat only 9 out of 10 because I wish Perception would have outfitted the bungee line rigging better. The rear tank well bungees are fixed and cannot be unhooked, not a big deal but can make loading and unloading some items a little tough. I also wish they would put bungee lines on the bow deck for securing a bilge pump and paddle float. You must put floatation into this boat if you have any hope of doing a self-recovery….. hint, hint, nudge, nudge.
I have paddled on and off over the last 20 years from sea kayaking in Puget Sound to Canoes in lakes and rivers in Washington and Colorado. I am large framed guy at 6'2" and 225lbs and enjoy the versatility of this boat. Has good initial stability and what I really like is this boats design has some secondary stability so it handles swells and leans better than most recreation boats.
Anyways, I have now used the Sound 12.5 four times and have been extremely pleased with the performance so far. It is faster than I expected but of course it won't keep up with a fast touring kayak. However, the seat leaves a little to be desired. Of course I'm coming from a Jackson high/low seat which is basically like a lounge chair. But at around 60 lbs it is much easier to load and unload. The Big Tuna was just over 100 lbs. I also like the tank well with scuppers the back as apposed to a hatch or indented area. It will drain out any water that happens to get inside this storage area. The rest of the kayak is like a normal sink.
I really don't stand up much while fishing but I do miss the ability to stand occasionally to stretch my legs. On short paddles it is no biggie but when I'm out for 4 hours or longer just sitting is a pain and I could stand in the BT without having to find a landing spot.
If it had a better seat I'd give it 10 stars.