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I personally own a Perception 14' Carolina and as much as I love that boat I have to say that I may like the Inuvik a little bit better. Highly recommended if you're looking for a quality kayak but don't want to break the bank.
Just a month ago, I picked up the big brother Clearwater Design Inuvik. Same expanse of an open cockpit but an extra 50 pounds of payload. I bought the lumbar seat and swapped out the original molded plastic one. This gave me about 10 inches of open space behind the new seat and the aft bulkhead - nice! I cut in two fish pole holders again just aft of the cockpit and most excellent, I bought the fish deck table that is custom designed and molded to snap over the front of the open cockpit. This fish deck is well thought out and includes an adjustable Scotty pole holder.
Can't wait for the ice to get off the lakes up here in Northern Ontario so I can get in the water!! Oh, a different approach for added buoyancy - for this boat I secured a kiddies playground rubber ball up in the nose. Very very pleased with these Clearwater Design siblings
The Inuvik is a great boat, do yourself a favour, get an Inuvik, an experienced paddler will have a hoot in it, but so will any first timer...even someone with some size and weight and bugger all balance will have a great time in this.
Thank you Clearwater
The foot pegs are in a great spot and the inflatable lumbar support is fantastic. The dry storage at the back seemed to take a bit of water, but a dry bag sorts all that out. It is also likely not the boats fault as I was in 1 meter swells and couldn't always keep the hull above the wake.
Great kayak! 10 out of 10! oh....and Canadian made!
It's a lovely boat as a recreational boat, its not any sort of racer. I give it an 8 out of 10 only as the (Aussie) after sales suck the big one! I can't even get one of those little rubber bulb and valves to inflate the seat, the valve died on the second trip and leaks badly but the (Aus) sales mob won't even return calls, the Boat deserves better than that.
Yesterday I went out with my friend on my regular outing, he kicked my butt all the way and on top of that he was not even trying to go fast. By the time our ride was done I was dead tired…. Usually when we cross-country ski in the winter I’m the one in front.
I wish that my Inuvik would be has fast has is old wood kayak… What I have learned from reading comments and reviews this website is to trust your instinct and even if 500$ kayak has a satisfaction rating of 10/10 it does not mean it will be has good has a 3000$ kayak
Overall I like the Inuvik but wish it was faster.
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