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Tandem Kayaks

Tandem Kayaks

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Suggested Retail Pricing For
26 June 2017!

Premium Tandem Kayaks are listed below in order of length (shortest to longest). Each fishing kayak offers a precise ‘Frontenac Outfitters Review’ with in-depth Boat Statistics, Performance Ratings, and Canadian Pricing. 

 

Tandem Kayaks ~ a Brief History

Tandem Kayaks or Double Kayaks enable paddlers to share experiences together within the same craft similar to canoes. The difference from canoes is that tandem kayaks sit much lower in the water. This lower centre of gravity offer the benefits of additional stability and less affected by wind & wave conditions.

There are two distinct types of tandem kayaks to consider:

Tandem Performance Touring (Sea) Kayaks

 

Longer and leaner than recreational doubles, Tandem Sea Kayaks exude efficiency. These types of tandem kayaks always include bow and stern hatches with sealed bulkheads to keep gear dry as well as providing additional flotation and higher safety. Smaller cockpits enable spray skirts to be used, which keeps water out and heat in to keep paddlers warm and dry… even in the rain! Tandem Sea Kayaks offer a very high degree of stability through length and increased capacity to satisfy day trips and long excursions and can handle virtually ‘any water conditions with reasonable paddler skills.

 

Tandem Performance Touring Kayak Materials

Fibreglass and Kevlar are great material choices for Tandem Sea Kayaks. Thermoform is also increasingly being used in the successful production of quality tandem kayaks. Conversely, roto-molded Polyethylene is often a poor material choice as it’s heavy and soft nature tends to distort the longer wider ‘Poly’ tandem shapes quickly.

Note: We will ‘NOT’ stock or recommend purchasing polyethylene tandem sea kayaks for the above-mentioned reasons.

 

Tandem Recreational Kayaks

Shorter, wider and with a much larger open style cockpit area, recreational tandem kayaks are distinctly different in appearance than tandem sea kayaks. Recreational tandems are designed for more general multipurpose family, kids and cottage day pursuits. These kayaks may ‘NOT’ include bow or stern hatches or sealed bulkheads and the large cockpit area will hold far more water. The stern seat is usually on a sliding system so the seat can be easily moved foreword or backward to optimize solo paddling and/or best trim the craft. Spray skirts are ‘NOT’ always an option as the cockpit opening is simply too large to keep a skirt on and still disperse water. Recreational Tandem Kayaks provide a fun way to get to people out in calm protected waters.

 

Recreational Tandem Kayak Materials

Virtually ‘ALL’ Recreational kayaks are made from inexpensive roto-molded Polyethylene as its tough, requires little maintenance.

 

Manufacturers Stock

  • Delta Kayaks
  • Wilderness Systems

Pros & Cons of Tandem Kayaks

Pros

Cons

Allows you to share your on-water experiences with your spouse or your best paddling buddy more closely Tandem sea kayaks are not able to be paddled solo, so you always have to have a paddling partner along for the ride
Recreational tandems allow parents to keep their kids close if they are hesitant to have them paddle solo   Short, wide, recreational tandem kayaks have been nicknamed “Divorce Boats” as paddlers are very close together resulting in inefficient paddling  
Both styles of tandems offer a very high degree of stability and user-friendliness. Recreational tandems with wide, open cockpits have the lowest degree of safety due to minimal bulkheads and positive buoyancy  
Tandem sea kayaks have exceptional gear capacity making them great for extended adventures – they also handle bigger water crossings than a canoe Tandem kayaks are large boats, so they tend to have higher weights making carrying and transporting a challenge for some

Note: We highly recommend you paddle both singles & doubles before purchasing as we average 100- singles sold for every 1- tandem sold.

Tandem Kayaks

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