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Swifty II

by Perception

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Love this kayak ! The size and weight make it…

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Love this kayak ! The size and weight make it easy for me to transport alone. The seat is comfortable. I also like the cup holder and molded dash to keep my dry box. I'm not a fisherman really but I like that it has the rod holder. Overall built very well and although not important to function, I love the color! I bought the purple teal and lime.

Great plastic starter rec boat. Very wide and stable boat.…

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Great plastic starter rec boat. Very wide and stable boat. Large cockpit makes it easy to get in and out. This boat is often found for rent at many parks. Good for lakes or slow moving rivers.

Overall I have found the Swifty II to be well made and…

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Overall I have found the Swifty II to be well made and easy to maneuver. I especially appreciate this when kayaking the meandering small rivers in our area, west Tennessee. My only complaint is the seat could be more comfortable.

A boat to enjoy, easy to paddle, stable, comfortable and roomy. Whether…

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A boat to enjoy, easy to paddle, stable, comfortable and roomy. Whether it is a lake or river you won't miss any if the fun with this boat! We have owned ours for about 6 months and what a great summer it has been!

I have had my Swifty for over 15 years. I…

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I have had my Swifty for over 15 years. I am mostly a lake kayaker and this kayak is great. It is light enough to pick up and put in. While it tends to track to the left, it is an easy paddle. It is roomy. There was enough room for myself and my 50lb Samoyed, who loved to go.

I have had my Swifty for about 15 years and love it…

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I have had my Swifty for about 15 years and love it. I can carry it if need be. Love the length as it is perfect for whichever mode of transportation I use to take to Stone Mountain Park. I used to paddle with my Samoyed and it was perfect for both of us. She loved and was the hit of the lake.

There are faster boats, there are prettier boats, and certainly boats that…

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There are faster boats, there are prettier boats, and certainly boats that hold more gear, but if you are looking for a kayak to get you started learning the basics of kayaking, this would be a good choice. It is plastic and almost unbreakable. I have bought and sold 26 boats since I purchased the Swifty 20 years ago, but I will never sell this one.

Easy to paddle and navigate for a beginner. Lightweight and easy to…

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Easy to paddle and navigate for a beginner. Lightweight and easy to carry and load. Would recommend to anyone wanting to enjoy the great outdoors at their own pace. I have paddled other brands and some are hard to steer and require excessive effort. Perception has the perfect design.

This Kayak is my first experience, outside of aluminum and fiberglass canoes…

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This Kayak is my first experience, outside of aluminum and fiberglass canoes. I love the way it handles in the water, compared to canoeing. Even though it is a tandem, you can simply add a cooler or extra weight to the front seat and use it solo to fish or just cruise. The plastic shell is very durable in the shallow creeks that I visit. Loads of fun, with a partner, or not.

My girlfriend got this kayak for me (us) for my birthday last…

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My girlfriend got this kayak for me (us) for my birthday last summer. I had mentioned wanting a kayak a few times when we were in places, and while I was not trying to hint she buy one, she surprised me with the Swifty II.

My first impression of it was WOW It is almost as stable as the Grumman canoes we used in Boy Scouts. Tracking is actually pretty good, once we got a rhythm going, and learned to paddle as a tandem. Wind definitely is no friend to this big kayak, but it does have mounting hole and molds for a rudder kit, which I may add someday down the line. I ended up getting a splash deck for it from Oak Orchard Canoe (they are close to me, in Rochester, NY) because I got pretty wet since I generally take up the rear.

I give it a 9 and not a 10 for a few reasons:
Its heavy, 68lbs I think, not fun to get onto a roof, even though I have a Dodge Neon. Also, I would have liked if it was capable of being paddled solo, with moveable seats so it could be used for an awesome fishing kayak. I've since bought a solo kayak for that purpose, however...

Anyone looking to get a tandem kayak and doesn't want to spend a fortune, this is a great kayak, and they seem to be priced around $500-600 near me. Stable enough to handle the wake of powerboaters, and not roll or tip or anything. I cant wait until it warms up more to get this yak out on the water!