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  Front paddler in tandem kayak
  Posted by: joebhamilton on Nov-16-12 10:05 PM (EST)

I have 2 Kaskazi Duo ARX tandem kayaks with rudders that we paddle in the Indian River lagoon and the ocean and both are set up with front seat controlled steering for several reasons
1 I can use a wing paddle in front because the Duo is a relatively narrow tandem and the beam upfront is narrower than many single kayaks
2 I can see oyster beds a lot easier in front
3 My wife likes that going through the surf I get the waves breaking on me not her
4 I can control the lines on my Kayaksailer rig from up front
I balance out the weight differences with a gallon jug full of water int the extreme stern of the Duo.
Again the Kaskazi Duo tandem is much narrower than most tandem kayaks and I had my choice of bow or stern steering set up when I ordered it
If your tandem kayak has no rudder then maybe having the heavier stronger paddler in the rear may be better
In our canoes I paddled in the stern and the sliding bucket seats let us trim the tandem canoe

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