I took my new Perception Swifty 9.5 out for the first time today (and my first time ever kayaking – lots of previous canoeing though). I’m 6’5″, and I can fit by removing the foot rest, pointing my toes, and laying my legs completely flat.
I found out quickly why this was a terrible idea. 20 minutes in, my ankles were going numb. Switched back and forth which leg was on top of the kayak and all was well for the rest of the trip, had some fun.
When I got home, I decided I needed at least 6 more inches (that’s what she said) of clearance for my legs so I could use the foot rests again. Out came the grinder, made it as clean of a cut as I could and rounded all the corners. Looks great from 2 feet away but any closer and it’s not perfect, but close.
Next step is to make a stainless steel brace to bridge the gap and restore any lost structural stiffness. It doesn’t feel like it lost any, but better safe then sorry. Going to rig up a replacement paddle holder too.