Pamlico 135T vs. Twin Otter ???
Posted by: old_user on Feb-06-06 4:35 PM (EST) Category: unassigned
Pamlico 135T vs. Twin Otter ???
Iím looking to buy my first kayak after spending many years paddling a barge (17í square stern Alumacraft canoe). Iím looking for a tandem recreational kayak. Most of my paddling is on inland lakes and slow rivers, with my time split about half solo and half with kids. Both the Wilderness Systems Pamlico 135T and the Old Town Twin Otter look like good possibilities, but Iíve never been in either, so Iím looking for advice. Has anyone paddled both? What are the pros and cons of each? Iím I missing another alternative?
Thanks in advance,
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In my opinion- 135T|
Posted by: bruce on Feb-06-06 5:58 PM (EST)
I own a 135T and have rented a Twin Otter. The 135T is faster, tracks better and is more comfortable. The only issue which you may have to research is whether there is enough clearance in the 135T for the rear paddler to paddle without being obstructed by the front paddler; and I'm not referring to paddling in sync. If you have a high angle stroke with decent rotation in a short boat you may hit the front paddler in the head.
Posted by: angstrom on Feb-07-06 9:28 AM (EST)
will be much more expensive....;-)
Posted by: mtnesters on Feb-08-06 7:24 AM (EST)
We purchased a WS 145T last year. It is great kayak, very stable, lots of room, 65 lbs. We have used it on the class II and Lake Michigan chop with no problems. I use it solo to fly fish from. Get a rudder if you want to paddle with the wife. Ours cost $975. easy to transport and load onto minivan, especially with the RollerLoader I found from this site. The 145T tracks very well with or without my wife in it. We can paddle faster together than some of our friends in their single yaks. Purchase one, you won't be unhappy.
Yeah that's what I thought, too|
Posted by: haresfur on Feb-09-06 9:20 PM (EST)
One of the best airplanes built IMO. Getting the yaks in the doors could be a bit of a challenge, even if the seats are out, but you can always strap them to the floats.
Posted by: mobrien on Feb-08-06 10:51 AM (EST)
is a better choice than the 135 (you mentioned that you had a barge already; the 135 would not necessarily be an improvement in that respect). The 145 is a much better solo boat, and the narrower design allows smaller paddlers to actually reach the water with their paddles. For the extra $100, you get more boat.
Posted by: fatbelly on Feb-09-06 2:42 PM (EST)
Check out the Necky Manitou II in the Buyer's Guide under New Products. One of our local shops is stocking them and they look pretty nice.
Another to consider|
Posted by: michigansnorkeler on Feb-11-06 8:04 AM (EST)
Since you're already looking at the twin otter, why not consider the Loon 160T?
Our 160T worked fine both solo and|
Posted by: yanoer on Feb-11-06 9:56 AM (EST)
tandem. The only problem I had with it was the weight of 74 lbs. After a long day of paddling, I had difficulty gettting it back on top of my car by myself.
Posted by: old_user on Feb-14-06 8:46 AM (EST)
I bought a used 135T last year and love it! It tracks much better than the Otter, has more room and is more comfortable. It weighs about 65 lbs. and can be heavy after a hard day of paddling, but worth it for the craft. the 145T is not as stable as the 135T, so if you are considering having kids in the craft, the 135T is def. the better choice. I've had three little ones (ages 1-7) in mine with me without any problems.
extra kids seat|
Posted by: old_user on Feb-22-06 5:01 PM (EST)