SOT tandem camping kayaks?
Posted by: old_user on May-10-12 8:39 AM (EST) Category: Kayaks
I am trying to figure out what my options are for sit on tops that can handle two people and overnight gear. My wife doesn't mind some rough water and camping or long distances but hates being skirted in. So far all I've seen is the Ocean Kayak Zest Two. Any thoughts on how this boat would handle on mild expeditions along the coast? Are there other options? Thanks for all input! (if you'd like to tell me that tandem SOT and coastal expeditions don't go together that's fine too but admittedly I'm pretty set on the idea)
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Posted by: willowleaf on May-10-12 10:51 AM (EST)
If I was going to do that the only boat I would consider and trust is the Feathercraft Gemini:
I think I would use a canoe|
Posted by: FrankNC on May-10-12 2:08 PM (EST)
It will limit what water and weather you will paddle in, but that might mot be a bad thing. Lots of canoes are used along the coasts with care.
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Posted by: seadart on May-10-12 6:08 PM (EST)
Most tandem SOTs are going to be a bit marginal for camping with two people. I did not know they still made the Zest II. If you pack very lightly and stick to mild surf launches and landings the current Ocean Kayak, Hobie, and Cobra tandems will work. Honestly you would have a lot more fun and be able to carry more gear with two single SOTs. Also safer if there is a mishap. if you wife is worried about not being able to paddle herself, probably not a good idea to think about extended coastal paddles any way. Post up where you will be paddling and we can give you some advice on more specific kayaks.
Posted by: willowleaf on May-11-12 2:02 AM (EST)
Don't know if I would trust it in strong surf, but we did some coastal paddling in a rented Mad River Adventure 16 while in Florida last winter. Almost a kayak-like canoe, rotomold plastic with low gunwales and a curled over kayak-like lip. We paddled it with 240 cm standard kayak paddles -- it is narrow enough for that. We are ardent kayakers who also canoe sometimes but we were favorably impressed by this boat which offers decent cargo area and a drier ride than any sit on top I have ever used. The boat tracked pretty well and was not as vulnerable to wind as our standard canoe due to the low sides. Nice seats, too.