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Submitted: 10-21-2011 by ch
Knowing the Warren reputation for great, light weight kayaks, several years ago I approached Zac with the notion of building their first tandem. After all, even the lightest tandems were over 70 pounds! The Warrens contemplated the market and responded with a boat from their local Salem shop this summer. The goal was to crack the 50lb boundary and even shoot for a mere 40lbs. This first tandem came out about 45lbs. This accomplishment is nothing short of a paradign shift! To our knowledge, this is the lightest bonified sea kayak in the world, baring stripped down performance racing boats. The Little Wind Tandem ain't no rec boat; it handles like a real sea kayak, which it is.
Like all Warren kayaks, the material and workmanship is straight forward and excellent. The skeg system and rudder below the surface is unique and works smoothly. The boat is very stable, to the point of trusting inexperienced paddlers in it. The distance between paddlers is sufficient so that clanging paddles is unlikely. So far the speed is marginal, but it might be our lack of skill and familiarity with it.
The Warrens have come up with another kayak gem with their adventurous foray into this uncharted light tandem world, and I think the demand will reward them. Rather than the proverbial "divorce tandem boat," this boat has been dubbed the "love boat," for good reason!
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