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Corona

by Perception

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I got this kayak used after reading other reviews here, so I'll…

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I got this kayak used after reading other reviews here, so I'll start by thanking the community. Without you I wouldn't be here.

The Corona is a now discontinued poly boat made between 2002 and 2004. It is 14.5' in length and 23" beam, and features a fixed low touring seat, an aluminum rudder, and two dry holds with two-part covers. The hull is without keel and is unchined.

So, yeah. For a first boat this thing is tippy. I made two short trips on a flat-water reservoir without event, and followed that up with thirty minutes of trying to cowboy back in after rolling on a river. Only took four attempts. A complicating factor is the cockpit length. For tall people the length makes for a tight entry.

That aside, it's a pretty fast kayak. In a single stroke I go faster and much further than the WS Tsunami 120 my wife uses. The dry holds are also a decent size, but none are accessible from within the boat. They seal with a neoprene cover under a hard plastic cover which is held in place by elastic deck lines.

Just finished a day trip in two foot seas and had a blast doing it. If you can find one of these used I can definitely suggest it.

I read WK's review (below) and am still laughing (with you!) I…

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I read WK's review (below) and am still laughing (with you!) I rolled in 6" of water trying to get out of it, I was so embarrassed! I bought my 15'9" used and love it except for the seat, it forces my butt and hips back and gives me major leg pain so I'm going to have it replaced (not my hips or legs yet!). Other than that I love it. BTW mine came outfitted with a rudder, what control, amazing!

I bought a Corona used. The reviews said it was for…

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I bought a Corona used. The reviews said it was for someone with experience. I said, "How hard can it be?" This is a beautiful boat. After all, I had 4 lessons without tipping except for the practice of getting out of a kayak and back in.

My first trip I made it about 50 feet from shore and the kayak rolled. My butt was stuck in the cockpit and the first thing I thought of was my wife was going to see me die. Fortunately I had the training, relaxed and twisted out of the cockpit. I managed to get back to shore and said I will try again because there was a learning curve. I stayed shallow following the shoreline and tipped 5 more times, dragged the kayak back to the car and sold it.

It is a very nice boat and I don't want to say anything bad about it, but it is not for a beginner like me.

I've had my Perception Corona for almost 2 years now and I…

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I've had my Perception Corona for almost 2 years now and I love it. It's quick, stable, and beautiful on the water. The only reason why I gave the Corona a 9 instead of a 10 is the lousy back on the seat. I replaced mine with an Immersion Research backband which is much more comfortable. Perception has changed the back to a backband in their newer models. They have also made other advancements to the comfort of their kayaks. I also like the grab handles because they feel sturdy. There's a decent amount of storage space inside the hatches too. I've gone on some 4 night kayaking trips and didn't have much trouble getting my supplies and tent inside the Corona. The Corona also has double sets of straps over the back hatch which allows you to easily secure a dry bag.

I wrote this review about 2 years ago. The Corona was…

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I wrote this review about 2 years ago. The Corona was my first kayak. I've since moved on to a NDK Romany 16 which I absolutely love. The Corona responds very similarly to the Romany. I've tried other fiberglass boats and hated them because of the difference in response.

Here is my original review, reposted but not updated from 2002:

Pros
Fun craft that that won't leave you bored after the first time out.

Cons
Not a boat for the timid, the fisherman, or the month-long expeditioner.

The Bottom Line
The Corona is a fun happy medium. I've found it super for playing in the bays and for navigating muddy rivers both.

Full Review
First off...
I have to say this: I can't compare this boat to any others since I have not had the opportunity to paddle any other boats long enough to become familiar with them. Therefore I will try to keep this review focused on the Perception Corona.

This spring...
I moved to the Jersey Shore from upstate NY. All my life I've been canoeing or sailing but had only been in a kayak once or twice. When I was a kid I'd paddle my SnoTube around with a kayak paddle. It was my favorite thing to do up in the 1000 Islands whenever we sailed to a new island. Apart from the SnoTube adventures, I am quite new to kayaking and the Corona is my first boat. I bought it used for $900 (including rudder) from Mountain Man Outdoors in Inlet, NY. Having rowed on the crew team I had no problem with the tipsiness that this boat is known for. In fact, I didn't even know it was tipsy until I had read all the reviews on paddling.net. I just hopped right in and paddled it for a demo.

Specifications of the boat...
The Corona is shorter than most Sea Kayaks, only 14'8. Some people might not even call it a "Sea Kayak." I like that the boat is lightweight enough for me to get it on and off of my car alone (52 pounds). I have put some scratches on the top of my car though. A rack would be nice, but not until I get a new car. In the meantime I use 4 straps and 2 foam blocks to fasten it to the top of my Honda Civic Hatchback. I've had no problems driving thousands of miles with it back to NY now that I have a tie down system worked out. It cut my mileage by about 10 miles per gallon, but I still get 33-34 (eat your heart out SUV owners!).

I like that it doesn't feel like a barge. The Corona is very responsive to leaning. My first month of owning it I accidentally tipped over after paddling a wider, more stable boat and then going back to the Corona.

It is a fairly low volume boat. My dad climbed in it (5'8 - 215 pounds) and still managed to paddle around, but I could tell that it was riding lower in the water for him. I'm 5'10, 135 for reference.

The Corona handles the waves very well but took some practice to get used to a following sea.

Construction of the boat...
Like most plastic boats, the Corona is made of durable polyethylene. It doesn't look as "plastic-like" as some of the less expensive boats (say the Carolina) and I have no problem with sitting on the deck or strapping it down tight.

Great boat to learn in. Edges well, has great stability. Very comfortable…

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Great boat to learn in. Edges well, has great stability. Very comfortable seat back.