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Access 11.5

by Perception

A sporty, fast paddling sit-on-top kayak that offers plenty of top-quality features at a great value!

Includes molded-in high seat back and leglifter ergonomically designed with comfort in mind, fishing rod holders and center console for extra storage and fishing accessories. The perfect choice for lakes, bays and slow rivers.

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I love this kayak! As only into my second full year in…

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I love this kayak! As only into my second full year in kayaking, I am still a novice, or at least consider myself one. However, last year, I bought a Pelican Ultimate SE 100. And should have known better for the price. Cheap kayak, and I got what I paid for. It would flip in calm water, and it wasn't just me that it did it to.
So, this year, I bought the Precision Access 11.5, after trying one out last year that was owned by a friend. I loved it then and still do. The only issue I have with it is, like everyone else, the seat.
I honestly was starting to lose confidence last year, and was almost to the point that I got nervous even on runs that I knew were calm. Once I got this kayak, it definitely made me feel much better about getting in the water and I couldn't wait to hit it this year! I love how it rides through rapids, as I like to say "like butta!" I even went over a pipeline that was in the water and didn't get wet, other than my feet from the scupper holes.

Bought a pair of these for wife and self on sale at…

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Bought a pair of these for wife and self on sale at Dick's Sporting Goods. Will make a list to keep it simple. Pros/Cons based upon 4 months of ownership: 5 river runs on the Cape Fear (Class I & II), 3 flatwater lake trips

PROS (Reiterating what has been posted previously)
Good quality for the price
Molded handles make for easy grip on front/back/sides
Tracks very well
I think it is extremely stable (I can stand in it while scouting rapids)
Plenty of room for storage of dry bags/cooler/gear on outside of boat

Handles well in Class I & adequately in Class II. I need to give myself extra space/speed to make some technical turns. It will NOT make turns quickly and requires a bit of brute force to navigate obstacles (I am a former Necky Jive owner w/ several years of river running / play exp.) This fall I will attempt a short Class III run if levels get high enough. If I can edit this post, I will report how well the barge handles it!

CONS (some of these have been stated in other posts)
Molded high back seat makes loading multiple boats a bit of a pain.
Does not stack well.
Dry storage access is a tiny opening w/ a little baggie you can use to store a few valuables.
*Dry storage access cover is only a rubber sealed pop top that pops on top (does not twist & lock).

*I felt like a violent capsize could knock the cap loose and expose the boat to take on water. So, I took it to the lake this past weekend and tested out the possibility. I removed the pop top and flipped the boat over in waist deep water to see how much/quickly it would take on water. I crawled on top and rocked it vigorously…I then flipped it back onto its proper side, dragged it on shore, pulled the drainplug, and stood it up to drain out a ton of…nothing. It didn't take on any water! The best answer I can come up with is that the opening is recessed and when it is upside down, the opening is lifted above the water line by the buoyancy created by the sides of the kayak. Or maybe an air pocket is created. I don’t really know.

Overall, I am happy with the purchase for myself. I am undecided it I will keep both. We may sell the wife's and get her something smaller and a bit more manageable next spring.

Bought one for my girlfriend this spring, and she and I have…

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Bought one for my girlfriend this spring, and she and I have paddled it in many situations from still water, fast river, even 4 foot swells in the Gulf of Mexico.

All in all; its a good general purpose little boat. It tracks well, very stable, and sits a little higher in the water. the molded seat back took a little getting used to, but after a few trips it was appreciated. the lack of a large dry hatch in front was a little disappointing, but for the price I can deal with it.

I would give the boat an 8 over all, but the deep cup holder and molded rod holders brings the access 11.5 up to a 9.

We got two of these Kayaks from Dicks Sporting Goods. This is…

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We got two of these Kayaks from Dicks Sporting Goods. This is a Great Kayak for the money. We paid $300 and list price was $449. We have used these all over Florida in Springs, Rivers and the Gulf island hopping and this Kayak tracks well and is very stable. The molded in handles are a nice touch and will out last other styles. The molded in seat is the only reason I did not give this a 10 review. It is great for support so that's the good thing but after a couple hours you will be sore but this is an easy fix... Yakpads, they work great and very comfortable. If you are getting your first Kayak and your on a budget. You can not beat this Kayak.

I want to start off with saying that I have really enjoyed…

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I want to start off with saying that I have really enjoyed this kayak. Perception has definitely made a fan out of me for their rugged and durable kayaks. I have the Access Angler edition in camo and have caught tons of bass with it. I can stand with a mild effort for balance and it can carry a 45 qt yeti in the back pretty reasonably. Its handled class 2-3 rapids decently, and has a replaceable skid on the bottom which allows for dragging without damaging the hull. The accessories that come with the kayak are quite useful as well.

Now for the bad. Its very bulky, and you will not be winning any races with this mammoth of a kayak, ha! it can get to a reasonable speed though. the seat back is molded into the hull which isn't so comfortable after a long trip and doesn't stack well with other kayaks which is a problem when I'm loading 5 kayaks on to a 16 ft trailer.

Overall I really enjoyed this kayak, but have sold it to buy its newest edition, the striker! Thanks Perception sport for making a great brand for a reasonable price for the poor guys in college!

I have the camo pattern angler edition of this model and absolutely…

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I have the camo pattern angler edition of this model and absolutely love it! Added a couple loops for extra straps, but for fishing in those secret spots - you seriously can't beat this guy. My friends are jealous because Dicks Sporting Goods had a clearance on this model and I got this retail-$500 yak for $250!! It's wide w/ tons of compartments as well. Only thing I'm adding in the future is a stabilizer for standing. Besides that I'll be keeping this yak forever.

bought the Perception access after owning an Old Town sit in for…

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bought the Perception access after owning an Old Town sit in for 15years. First trip on TX coast was great, hauls a lot of gear, super stable and the seat may not be the best, but it can be padded a little more if needed. It paddled easily and all features are well thought out.

It may not be the most expensive yak out there, but I see no need of paying 1K for a yak, when my $300 Perception can do what the 1K yaks can do.

I am by no means an expert nor am I a beginner…

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I am by no means an expert nor am I a beginner. I would say I am somewhere in-between. Regardless, this is a great kayak for the inexperienced as well as the experienced paddler.

I have paddled several kayaks from 15' fishing yaks with rudders to 8' recreational yaks without and I have discovered that they all excel in certain categories that they are specifically designed for. However, kayaks that are considered recreational are exactly that; they are designed for the beginner or the expert to have fun on the water.

With that said, this is a great kayak. It has many design features that I wish were on other kayaks that cost exceptionally more. Almost everything that needs to be replaced at one time or another on other kayaks such as seats and carrying handles are a thing of the past with the Sport Access 11.5. It has molded carry handles on the bow and stern as well as port and starboard. It also has molded foot holds, storage wells front and back, 2 molded rod holders aft, a cup holder, a place to mount a third rod holder, and a fish finder or GPS. It also has a small hatch with bag that allows you to store your wallet and cell phone all features are easily accessible from the molded seat with back support. This is a very well thought out kayak. I understand why they call it the Access!

Anyway, enough about the ergonomics of the kayak and onto the technical stuff. The kayak weighs a mere 52 lbs, which allows for a single person to transport and load easily. It is 11'5" long and tracks very well for a kayak under 12' and it can hold up to 300 lbs of weight. It is easy to paddle and fairly fast. I use my Access on slow moving rivers, lakes, and fish the mangroves and canals. I didn't purchase the angler version, but I did install an 8" hatch upfront in the storage well, a paddle holder and an anchor trolley system. Furthermore, it comes with a Kevlar plate on the skeg that protects the kayak if it is dragged. It also comes equipped with a drain plug at the rear of the boat in case any water should get into the hull, which has not thus far and I have owned it for over a year and have used it extensively during that time.

The best thing about this kayak is the cost doesn't reflect upon its quality!!! Therefore, I am extremely happy with my purchase and look forward to more fun on the water!!!

A friend and I rented 2 of these kayaks and took it…

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A friend and I rented 2 of these kayaks and took it on an overnight, 40 mile trip down the current river. I now know that this not an ideal vessel for an excursion like this. The seat is pretty UN-comfortable after just a few hours on the water. The tracking was far from good; if you did not constantly correct it you would be facing upstream in a matter of seconds.
This may be an ok rec. kayak for still water but I would definitely stay clear if you are going to be in any moving water...

Been kayak fishing since 1998. I fish the north shore area of…

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Been kayak fishing since 1998. I fish the north shore area of Massachusetts for striped bass. I have had a Old Town Loon but wanted a sit on top. I got this from Dick's Sporting Goods for 299.99. Used this twice, very stable track well and has decent storage. I added a front hatch, and Scott rod holder. Not a bad yak for novice or an avid fisherman. I wouldn't go out in to rough a surf. I am 6ft 230 and it fit me well.

Bought on 7-4-2012 at Dick's. My primary focus is fishing. As most…

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Bought on 7-4-2012 at Dick's. My primary focus is fishing. As most have already stated, no kayak is perfect, but this is not a bad 1st yak. Price (399), size (11.5) and weight (52 lbs) were perfect. As this was my 1st experience with this kayak, I am giving it an 8. Future trips may change my initial rating.

I am a newbie at kayaking and in my late 40s, 6.0, 215 lbs in just "OK" shape. The Maiden voyage in my sport access 11.5 was on a mild current (Chattahoochee) river in GA. Paddled 5 miles up stream and paddled (not floated) 5 miles down stream. Did some fishing as well. I was on the water for 4 hours. A little sore in the lower back, but then again, 1st time in the yak and the seat padding is kind of thin.

    PROS: (in order)
  • REALLY like the molded built-in seat, although the padding is too thin. (an easy fix)
  • Dry ride!
  • Easy to paddle and tracks very well
  • At 52 pounds, it is easy to lift and transport.
  • For short trips, it can fit inside my Toyota Matrix, with all seats folded down. Only a small part of the tail sticks out the open back window.
  • I did not want sealed/covered storage as they would likely leak anyway and cause more problems. With everything open, it all drains away.

    Cons: (In order...)

  • The kayak is NOT as stable as I would expect from a 30+inch width.
  • No side straps to hold paddle. A relative easy fix.
  • Seat padding is VERY thin, but this is an easy fix.
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I will update as I go on more trips in the coming months. Next will be creeks on Lake Lanier, GA and a trip back to Amelia Island, FL to fish the backwaters for trout, flounder and reds.