Tandem kayaks mean twice the fun with half the effort. Provided you paddle in the same direction!
Bad joke, but it is vital to get the best tandem kayak that both paddlers will enjoy. Choosing the wrong product will be a major damper on your experience.
Paddling with other people can be a challenge, so we have come up with tandem kayaks that will bail the stress out, and put the fun back in.
Enough with the bad puns, and on to our top picks.
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This kayak’s name may sound technical but is very simple to use.
Its creators, BYK, have been in the game since 2009 and certainly know their stuff.
This kayak is fully loaded. With six rod holders, fully adjustable seats make it easy to find the most comfortable position.
There are two completely watertight hatches, one in the front and the other in the rear for easy access.
This craft has built-in paddle holders, with strong elastic cords to keep them in place.
The four convenient carry handles to enable the TK219 to be carried easily. This kayak tracks very well and glides effortlessly through the water.
This is a fantastic sit on top kayak capable of being paddled by 1 or 2 people with equal ease.
Its tracking and stability are two of its most notable features and raved about in numerous reviews.
Although heavy, it’s durability more than makes up for it. It is built for comfort and not for speed, being spacious both on top and inside.
This is a perfect choice for larger adults as has a lot of space and has a large carrying capacity.
At nearly 3.32 (11 feet), the Coleman Colarado is one of the smaller 2 person kayaks on the list, but don’t let its size fool you. It is big on features and possibility.
It has a puncture-resistant floor, so dropping sharp objects won’t cause you dashing for dry land.
Paddle holders keep your awes safe and out of the way. A set of rod holders comes standard, but you can purchase a second set, for when more than one line out at a time is necessary.
This lightweight kayak fits easily into a backpack so getting to those out of the way creeks and secluded fishing spots will be effortless.
The Colorado also has a fitting to allow a trolling motor to be attached, for when you feel like motorised assistance.
This is one of the best inflatable tandem kayaks on the market today.
It’s a speedy craft and one of the few that cam have a seat removed with the other positioned in the centre for single person use!
There is an option to purchase decking if you wish to have a large single person kayak, so don’t feel you have to compromise.
Some have mentioned that the setup and pack away time is not as good as other inflatable kayaks but like in all things you need to take the rough water with the calm.
This stable solid shell kayak is great on the water and ideal for rivers, lakes, and flat ocean fun.
It has ample space for 2 adults or even 1 adult and 2 children.
This kayak tracks well, also when paddled by only one person.
Unlike some of its contemporaries, it is not ideal for fishing, although there’s nothing preventing you from taking a few rods along.
When you are thinking of buying a kayak, you may find the range of choices overwhelming.
Which do I choose? Sit on top, sit inside? What material should it be made of? Below is a guide that will help you decide.
Kayaks come in two main varieties.
As the name would suggest. Sit in, is where you are immersed in the body of the kayak and the new type, sit on, is where you are positioned outside of the yak.
This type of design can have significant benefits for fishing as well as traversing between the shore and your craft.
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Before we get into the different types of yaks, lets first discuss materials
Choosing what your kayak is made of is a good place to start. Deciding on your yaks build will determine; price, weight, stability and tracking.
There are 7 main types of materials used for kayak builds: Carbon fibre, fibreglass, wood, Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS), hard plastic, polyethene, fabric / Kevlar with supporting frame.
Kevlar and Carbon fibre are light and robust, but expensive and are aimed at experienced kayakers. Hard plastic such as polyethylene , are durable, but usually heavier than other materials.
Wood is not the best choice as It is not a material commonly used and will dramatically limit your options.
ABS and Polyethylene are excellent choices for both quality and value.
However, be aware that ABS is more expensive and Polyethene is more susceptible to UV and can puncture when running into sharp rocks.
Not all models of kayaks can support the larger paddler and all their gear.
Be sure to consider your weight and the amount of equipment you plan to take with you.
If you are planning to use your yak for fishing, it needs to be able to handle, your rods, tackle and provisions. Not to mention all the fish you plan to catch.
The general rule is, the longer the kayak is, the faster it can go. The wider the kayak is the more stable It will be, but this also adds drag. If you are looking to do white water kayaking, you want the length to be no longer than 9 feet or so.
As for the weight of a kayak, lighter is not always better. Lighter kayaks are more susceptible to being blown off course. However, the heavier a kayak is, the more difficult it is to transport.
Luckily, modern yaks are not terribly heavy in any case. Unless you are planning to go pro, the weight of a yak is not at the top of your priority list.
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