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Like has been said MANY times, too heavy for one person to get on and off a car top easily. Other than that, it's a great first family boat.
Pluses include the more than ample carrying capacity and cockpit space. It also tracks well, is extremely stable and has decent speed, especially for a large tandem.
It is a fairly hefty boat, at 80-lbs, but with Yakima Hully-rollers on the top of the car and a good carrier, I have no problem loading, unloading and launching the kayak by myself. A good carrier will also help prevent damage to the keel that other reviewers have referred to.
My one concern is not regarding the boat itself, but the company that makes it. I tried looking into purchasing a rudder kit, but could never get a hold of any representatives at Perception/Watermark due to a corporate 'changeover.' This is disconcerting because in the event I need any serious assistance, I'm not sure how much support I am going to receive. These circumstances would also dissuade me from purchasing another Perception kayak.
Bottom line: a great, versatile boat, but it would seem once you buy it, youíre on your own.
Hey Perception, or Watermark, or whatever your name is these days, make the keel less protruding, and THICKER!!
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