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I've had my Keowee II for almost 20 years now. It's been great! The third snap in jump seat is perfect for a small child between the legs of the rear paddler.
The only drawback is that it's a bit on the heavy side which leads to some loading and carrying problems. Once it's in the water it's very stable and easy to maneuver.
I would have no hesitation recommending it to anyone looking for a tandem kayak.
I took one of my dogs kayaking in the boat with me this evening and it was a fabulous experience . The lake was calm and so was my dog as she was able to fully recline and place her head on the top of the front seat. The kayak tracked well and we were able to cruise with ease at a comfortable speed with minimum effort. I paid my friend $250. for the kayak and I am thrilled with my purchase. Eventually, I would like to add my second Rottweiler but that may take a little time. I rate this boat a 10 out of 10 as it is very stable and tracks well with two "bodies" (woman and big dog) and only one paddler
PS - I do wish the kayak was yellow or perhaps a brighter color. My new (pre-owned) kayak is a dark green and it is not very visible to the speed boats. I plan on staying close to shore and have ordered some marine reflective tape to add to the sides of the boat. I still rate this boat as a "10" and would buy another Perception Keowee 2 Tandem Kayak in a heartbeat!!!
Two plastic molded seats with cup holders (that tells you the market right there), large cockpit with easy in-and-out that can easily accommodate two grown-up people or one grown up with two small children and/or pets (I'm not equating the two there), very, very stable. Take this boat and you will be the person designated to carry the extra coolers and gear. You can also easily lay back in it to sunbath or fish from it because there is plenty of room.
The seats are connected by two metal rails on the sides plus one rail that runs down the bottom so if you plan on laying down or seating a third person, take some foam or blankets to put on that rail otherwise it will be like, you know, sitting on a hard metal rail.
When it was just the wife and me she would sit up front and I would tell her to paddle as much or as little as she wished which was waaaay better than having her get tired in a second boat. Now that kids are involved I tell them the same thing and it is great to have them in the same boat with me without feeling like the boat needs the efforts of a second paddler to keep it going.
I think this is one of the best, most functional recreational tandems out there.
UPDATE 9/6/99: My son and I took our Keowee2 toi Newfoundland for camping and paddling for two weeks, and she performed BEAUTIFULLY! We did all sorts of paddling on gentle rivers, lakes and fjords and she didn't miss a beat. She tracked beautifully and proved top be relatively fast and graceful. We did some long paddles up glacial lakes into fjords and the miles went by without any complaints from either of us regarding the effort required. I do have one complaint: the unadjustable seat back is somewhat of a pain on long paddles since its difficult to vary seating position andcomfort, and I found the angle of the seat back much to laid-back so that on long paddles, I was constantly battling slipping forward off the seat. But this was only apparent on very long paddles. Otherwise, she was a BLAST and made this trip for us. She handled all sorts of water with ease! BTW, DON'T MISS WESTERN NEWFOUNDLAND (but don't let the secret out!!!!!)