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Submitted: 08-14-2013 by JT
We bought our boat from a couple who had decided a tandem was not for them. Although heavy, due to interior metal re-enforcing rods, the boat is stable, roomy and fast. The rods even come in handy as handles to grip when one person carries the kayak. There is plenty of space in the front and rear for storage / flotation bags.
We regularly paddle in tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay and the yak handles both calm and choppy water. A half skirt from an single kayak, modified to fit around the larger cockpit helps to keep water off the front occupant.
It does have a tendency to turn to the left, but we have been able to correct for this with sweep strokes by the rear paddler. It can be a little trying in following seas, or in cross currents, but for the most part we have very little difficulty getting the boat to track. It does have ferrules and mounting screws in the back for a rudder and we may try one in the future.
One other advantage - the boat sits low to the water, enabling us to use the same paddles that we have for our single kayaks.
A thoroughly enjoyable, nimble and swift tandem.