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  not a fan of the Dirigo
  Posted by: brodie on Jul-10-13 5:43 PM (EST)
 

I'm not a huge fan of the Dirigo tandem. Nothing wrong with the boat per se, but after leading dozens of tours with various tandems, I've found that whenever there was a pair of people who consistently couldn't keep their boat going in a straight line, they were always in a Dirigo. That said, if you can try one, and can paddle it well, and it's comfortable, they have held up well in rental fleets (can't say that about some other boats).

Necky Manitou II is a great boat - handles nicely even as a single. Tracks well, isn't a total barge but plenty stable for anyone. I've had them out in reasonably choppy water in a group tour setting with no problems.

CD Double Vision is the most "sporty" of the group and will be the fastest and best tracking. It does have a smaller cockpit opening but as others have mentioned you definitely won't get stuck in the boat if you go over - BUT, if it makes you uncomfortable, then you won't use the boat and it's consequently the wrong boat!

SOT tandems are great for families and kids - I doubt you'd be happy with one given that you have some on water experience and already know that you want to be able to get somewhere in some wind and waves.

Really recommend at least sitting in and if possible actually paddling all possibilities.

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