Best Solo/Tandem Kayak or Canoe
Posted by: old_user on Feb-16-07 7:46 AM (EST) Category: Kayaks
I know "best" is subjective but I'm in the process of deciding which boat to buy for the coming spring and only one boat this year. Solo probably 75% of the time but need the capability to carry a 2nd adult paddler. No open coastline or difficult whitewater, mainly flatwater. I'm considering the new Native Watercraft Ultimate 14.5 and would like to hear people's votes on everything from a Wenonah Solo Plus to a Loon 160. I guess my main concern is not to have a barge while I'm solo. For canoes being able to row while solo would be a plus. Many thanks.
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Posted by: CEWilson on Feb-16-07 8:43 AM (EST)
Sorry, combi boats mostly do not work for individuals, although they are just fine for dealers.
Posted by: canoedancing on Feb-16-07 8:49 AM (EST)
for recreatonal use I have the Wilderness Systems Pamlico 145T. It can go either solo or tandem and will carry a heck of a load for week long trips. Heavy though, so not a user friendly portage craft. Lighter than the Native Craft 14 but just barely. The 145T has a skirt that can go solo or tandem so it's more of big water boat than the Native Craft which has low sides, and the cockpit is hard to bail. The 145T is way faster than the NC 14, and quite a bit less expensive. I bought mine to use as a guest boat for my photographer buddy so he has a steady platform for shooting and can still keep up with me.
Posted by: KenE on Feb-16-07 9:21 AM (EST)
The wenonah Solo Plus might work for you. Mostly ir is a solo canoe and doesn't paddle bad. It is not so great as a tandem unless tha paddlers are small with good balance. But since 75% of the time you'll be solo, it might be good for you.
In general, I prefer the Wilderness|
Posted by: bruce on Feb-16-07 9:39 AM (EST)
Systems tandems to the Old Town tandems. They are faster and more maneuverable. I have a Pamlico 135T which I paddle with my wife and I enjoy it; but in hindsight, I should have purchased a longer tandem.
Canoe is my choice...|
Posted by: old_user on Feb-16-07 9:52 AM (EST)
I am not a kayaker. I guess I would second what others have said. A solo plus is pretty fast, and sea worthy. As a solo it carries a lot of stuff, as a tandem, it does not. If you are big, you will likely not enjoy it with two.
Posted by: rwven on Feb-16-07 9:59 AM (EST)
Loon 160T less of a solo barge than|
Posted by: Yanoer on Feb-16-07 10:58 AM (EST)
Wenonah Solo Plus. I've owned both and still own the Solo Plus.
..try demoing first.....my $.01|
Posted by: bigspencer on Feb-19-07 10:50 PM (EST)
..You seem to be hedging around the decision of just what constitutes "Good Choice". What are your skills that will bring out the performance in a great craft? Go with what you can do best....and you won't be disappointed.
Posted by: menedem on Feb-20-07 12:48 PM (EST)
folding kayak. There are several models that convert between single and double.
I have the Solo Plus|
Posted by: liveoutside on Feb-20-07 4:24 PM (EST)
I like it. I purchased it to be a compromise, and it is. I paddle MOSTLY solo. it isn't too much of a barge. then when tandem, it isn't too cramped.
Gunwales 3.5" wider on Jensen 17 than|
Posted by: yanoer on Feb-20-07 11:59 PM (EST)
on the Solo Plus.
Posted by: bigspencer on Feb-24-07 5:24 PM (EST)
Posted by: bigspencer on Feb-25-07 6:15 PM (EST)
Posted by: swordfish on Feb-25-07 1:18 PM (EST)
Canoe for sure|
Posted by: mr_canoehead on Feb-25-07 6:48 PM (EST)
Something like the Esquif Champlain, or a similar classic canoe in the 16' range.