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  some misconceptions
  Posted by: willowleaf on Jul-07-13 11:57 PM (EST)

-- Last Updated: Jul-08-13 12:07 AM EST --

You will not be "stuck" in a kayak with standard keyhole cockpits (these tend to be around 32"-34" long and 18"-19" wide), even wearing a touring style spray skirt. In fact, if and when you capsize, unless you deliberately brace your knees under the deck, gravity will cause you to fall out naturally. Touring skirts, unlike whitewater skirts, pop off easily.

Sit on top tandems are not particularly fast -- sit inside styles will tend to be lighter and sleeker. Since speed and low wind resistance are your stated preferences, I think you probably want to look a bit beyond recreational style boats, which are more for slow lily dipping. Sit on tops are always a wet ride too -- do you plan on paddling in cooler waters and in other than hot summer weather? With an SOT you would need to be prepared to wear a wet suit or drysuit in such conditions.

The general comment about plastic boats being light and being blown around by the wind just doesn't compute. Light, low profile sit inside touring and sea kayaks are usually fast to paddle and much more wind resistant than heavier canoes or rec style sit on tops. It is the hull design, not the weight, that gives them their performance. characteristics.

I think the CD Double Vision Roto does sound like a good match -- if it's a stretch for your budget (and since both of you are on the smaller side) the 14' 8" Necky Manitou II Tandem might be worth a look -- same width and about 12 lbs lighter, and 40% cheaper.

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