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Are you in the market for a tandem kayak?They can be a lot of fun and make kayaking easy to enjoy with a partner or the kids. At the same time, you need to be very careful about the one you choose. There’s a wide range of options available when choosing a two person kayak. However the truth of the matter is that there’s a handful or so top-of-the-line manufacturers that deliver quality products and excellent value for money. We’ve listed respected brands Ocean, Malibu and Lifetime here with links to our indepth reviews. Here’s a summary of their history and how they’ve built their reputation to become market leaders and trusted brands to the kayaking community.
Ocean Kayak’s history goes back to 1971 when their founder designed a crude kayak from an old surfboard in his backyard in Malibu. It quickly became popular with his fellow beachgoers and the business took off. By the mid-80s it had moved to Ferndale, Washington and mass production of their popular kayaks began. Thanks to the use of rotomolding, polyethylene could be used to build strong crafts at affordable prices At first, they faced skepticism from the kayaking community. Ocean Kayaks pioneered the open, sit-on-top design, which looked nothing like other models at the time. Fortunately, people gave them a chance and, today the company has sold tens of thousands of kayaks all over the world. Ocean Kayak remains one of the largest manufacturers of the popular design they invented.
Comparison of tandem kayaks
|BRAND/MODEL||KAYAK IMAGE||STYLE||LENGTH||BEST USE||WEIGHT||MAX CAPACITY||EDITOR RATING||CLICK ON LINKS FOR INDEPTH REVIEWS|
|Malibu Stealth 14||sit on top fishing kayak||14ft 4in/4.36m||fishing/recreation||64lbs/29.03||550lbs/ 249.4kg||5|
|Malibu Pro 2 tandem||sit on top||13ft/ 3.96m||fishing/diving/recreational||64lbs/29.03||550lbs/ 249.4kb||3.5|
|Ocean Kayak Malibu Two||Sit on top tandem kayak||12ft/ 3.7m||versatile/ great choice for resorts or business||64lbs/29.03||550lbs/ 249.4kb||4.5|
|Lifetime Sport Fisher||Sit on top fishing kayak||10ft/ 3m||fishing/ recreational||64lbs/29.03||500lbs/ 226.8kg||4.5|
|Lifetime Manta Tandem||sit on top tandem kayak||10ft/ 3m||recreational, fun even in small surf||64lbs/29.03||500lbs/ 226.8kg||4.5|
- Malibu Steath14 review
- Malibu Pro 2 tandem review
- Ocean Kayak Malibu 2
- Lifetime Sport Fisher
- Lifetime Manta tandem
Essential checklist1. Does it offer the versatility you’re after. Do you want to be able to use your kayak for recreation, but have the option to take out for fishing as well? 2. Can the tandem kayak be handled solo? You might want the flexibility to go it alone sometimes. 3. Weight Given that they’re made to carry 2 people, these kayaks can weigh a lot more than single-person designs. If you hope to take out a tandem on your own every now and then, you need to make sure you’ll be able to get it into the water and back out again. Kayak carts will help you with maneuverability. 4. Transporting You’ll also need to invest in an appropriate car rack for transporting it. Unless you have a waterfront property and never plan to kayak anywhere else, this is a necessity. 5. Space on board This may seem like a given when looking at tandems, but isn’t always the case. Be sure to consider your needs.
- Do you have children or pets you want to take with you?
- Will you be camping?
- Will you be taking provisions?
- Do you need water-tight compartments for wallets and phones? Look for models where you can buy additional rubber hatches to insert into the wells.
- Can you move around to reach gear without overbalancing?
- Will the kayak handle the water conditions where you want to go?
- Is there room for fishing gear?
- Can you cast without overbalancing in the kayak?
- Is it stable enough for you to stand and cast?
- Are there holders for rods?
- Can you add a motor?