The thrill and experience of sea kayaking isn't just for experts... however if your expedition requires a map, then you're going to need the added speed, comfort and storage found in the Essence range.
A modern hull design incorporates a strong V-shaped bow and stern with defined chines to provide true directional stability and splendid edge control. Predictable handling, maneuverability and impressive forward speed gives paddlers all the performance needed for that great expedition. Good initial and secondary stability will allow you to take your sea touring experiences to new levels, whether you are an expert or developing your paddling skills.
No matter how far you're paddling or how extreme the conditions, a performance fit is essential in optimising paddler control. Our Zone EXP seating system found in the Essence series brings you expedition grade outfitting without compromising on comfort. Patented adjustable leg lifter support, padded thigh braces and a low profile backband are ergonomically designed for all day comfort. A day hatch gives access to a separate bulkhead compartment so you can keep track of those bits you need in easy reach, while the large bow and stern stowage compartments offer the space required for multi-day trips. For those who want to leave the safety of the shore, a recess on the bow will allow you to mount a compass to keep you on the right course. Deploy and fine tune the TruTrak skeg with our premium, wire driven system to lock in the tracking and maintain a heading in winds and currents. If you prefer using your feet to assist your direction, then our optional Tip-Toes controlled rudder can be fitted for adjusting your course without breaking stroke.
The Essence 16 is ideal if your paddling style suits a slightly livelier and more nimble ride. Snugger ergonomics than the Essence 17 allow for close control and also give a great fit for smaller paddlers.
The Essence 17 has a touch more length and volume than the Essence 16. This gives more space and forgiveness for average to large paddlers and carries heavier loads without compromising on its handling abilities.
The Essence series is everything you need for that week-long, once in a lifetime trek or a more exciting day on the water that you only get with a design that's truly an extension of your body.
Our standard charge is £4.97 for a total order of £49.99 or under.
Standard shipping is free for a total order of £50 or more to most of mainland UK. Once you have entered your delivery address then upgrades may be available.
There may be further charges depending on the size/weight of the order or the delivery address.
Plastic canoes are delivered on our own transport or by third party carrier.
T-Formex and composite canoes are only transported on our own transport. Delivery times may be longer and we suggest that you call us on 01454 261058 to discuss delivery options.
There are no further charges for delivery to most postcodes in mainland UK. Deliveries to Northern Ireland, Scottish Highlands and islands (including Isle of Wight) may incur further charges. Please call us
A shipping charge of £15 to £20 will be applied to all small orders from outside the UK.
Boats and paddles may cost extra. Please contact us for a quote.
We are not able to deliver canoes and kayaks exceeding 3m outside the UK.
VAT is not charged on orders that originate outside the EU for delivery outside the EU.
For the original retail purchaser (“Consumer”), Perception kayaks by Gaybo Limited are warranted against material or manufacturing defects in the hull and deck for three (3) years from date of original purchase of the kayak. Parts, accessories, and outfitting are warranted for a period of one (1) year against material or manufacturing defects from the date of purchase. This limited warranty is only valid with the purchase of a Perception kayak from an authorised Perception dealer. This warranty is non-transferable.
The warranty registration form should be completed online within 30 days of original purchase to be activated. It is suggested that you keep your sales receipt should it be required in the future for proof of purchase.
If you have a problem with your kayak and you suspect that it may be due to defective materials or workmanship, contact the nearest authorised Perception kayak dealer and arrange to have the problem inspected. Consumer is responsible for delivery to, and pickup from, the closest authorised dealer. If the authorised Perception dealer's inspection indicates a defect that is attributable to materials or workmanship, Gaybo Limited will repair or replace your Perception kayak free of charge at the company's option. Proof of purchase such as a sales receipt may be required. If repairs or evaluation are required by Perception at its manufacturing facility, the Consumer will be responsible for a £50.00 shipping and handling fee. If service is required in a country that is not the country of purchase, Consumer will comply with all applicable export laws and regulations and be responsible for all customs duties, value add tax (VAT), and other associated taxes and charges. For international service, the Perception Distributor may repair or exchange defective products and parts with comparable products and parts that comply with local standards. Gaybo Limited retains the right to satisfy warranty via repair or replacement of products or of components deemed defective. In addition, Perception reserves the right to replace original kayaks or equipment with comparable current products.
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This limited warranty excludes all other warranties, expressed or implied, including implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, with regard to Perception Kayaks. Some country, state, or provincial laws do not allow the exclusion of certain implied warranties, so the above exclusion may not apply to you. This limited warranty excludes any incidental or consequential damages or expenses resulting from any defects. Gaybo Limited's aggregate liability shall be limited to an amount equal to Consumer's original purchase price paid for the defective product. Some state, country, or provincial laws do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above exclusion may not apply to you. To the extent any limitation or exclusion contained herein is contrary to any country, state, or provincial law, such limitation or exclusion shall be severable and all other terms herein shall remain in full force and effect and are valid and enforceable.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights. For Consumers who are covered by country, state, or provincial consumer protection laws or regulations, the benefits from this warranty are in addition to all rights conveyed by such consumer protection laws and regulations. IF YOU ARE A CONSUMER, THE WARRANTIES REFERRED TO ABOVE ARE IN ADDITION TO AND DO NOT AFFECT YOUR STATUTORY RIGHTS.
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