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Offline StinkyPete

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Which tandem kayak do you like?
« on: May 02, 2014, 12:14:09 PM »
I've been thinking about getting a second kayak so that I can take the girlfriend out freediving/spearfishing, and also for those times that you're with your buddy trying to get a kayak to a remote access spot. 

Anyone have a kayak that they'd recommend for this?  Pros would definitely be light, storage, and weight capacity in no particular order.
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Offline Rob102

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Re: Which tandem kayak do you like?
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2014, 12:23:46 PM »


Anyone have a kayak that they'd recommend for this?  Pros would definitely be light, storage, and weight capacity in no particular order.

Hmm.  Seems like the same attributes are important in both GF's and kayaks.

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Re: Which tandem kayak do you like?
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2014, 12:38:55 PM »


Anyone have a kayak that they'd recommend for this?  Pros would definitely be light, storage, and weight capacity in no particular order.

Hmm.  Seems like the same attributes are important in both GF's and kayaks.

LOL!!!!

I think she'd like you to keep using the T15 so she doesn't have to paddle and can read a book while sitting in the tankwell :)

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Re: Which tandem kayak do you like?
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2014, 12:47:52 PM »


Anyone have a kayak that they'd recommend for this?  Pros would definitely be light, storage, and weight capacity in no particular order.

Hmm.  Seems like the same attributes are important in both GF's and kayaks.

LOL!!!!

I think she'd like you to keep using the T15 so she doesn't have to paddle and can read a book while sitting in the tankwell :)

Her days of free kayak rides to and from ab diving spots are numbered.  Looks like the Malibu 2 xl is the way to go from what I've been reading.  Cobra Tandem also not looking bad
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Re: Which tandem kayak do you like?
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2014, 01:09:36 PM »
The Cobra Tandem is really small, and the footwells are really uncomfortable. Access and storage is frustrating too. I'd be surprised if you can get a speargun into the large hatch, and you're SOL if your gear slides forward or back while you're paddling out. I've also heard of someone's head getting sliced open by the sharp angle of the hull at the waterline.

That said, they're stable (solo paddleboarding in flat water), really popular, and it's easy to find a used one for cheap. :)

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Re: Which tandem kayak do you like?
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2014, 01:35:28 PM »
I found the perfect solution.


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Re: Which tandem kayak do you like?
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2014, 02:04:34 PM »
Looks like I need to get you a striped shirt and a hat
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Re: Which tandem kayak do you like?
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2014, 02:30:29 PM »
Now that you mention it, that gondoliere does look familiar......

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Re: Which tandem kayak do you like?
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2014, 10:12:49 PM »
I found the perfect solution.



100 euro a ride in Venice if you start one closer and cheaper left me know ;-) thanks

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Re: Which tandem kayak do you like?
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2014, 07:34:07 AM »
Not to hijack,
But I need a new yak also.
Ocean trident 15 or Santa Cruz raptor ?
What's the thoughts?
Chuck
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Re: Which tandem kayak do you like?
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2014, 08:26:07 AM »
I've got the trident 15 and really like it.

Once you get past the coolness of the raptor, I think the trident makes more sense. The trident has a higher weight capacity (not critical since they're both decent but who knows when your dive buddy will swamp their kayak), is likely faster since it's narrower and longer, and has more storage inside the hull. The trident is also a slightly lighter kayak. You can also get a rudder for the trident to use on windy days.

If you ever get into tank diving, you can fit a tank and bcd in the tankwell, and even slide a steel 100 into the front hatch.

Raptor will definitely turn heads but I think the trident is hard to beat.
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Re: Which tandem kayak do you like?
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2014, 10:17:13 AM »
+1 for the Trident love mine, you can usually find a good deal for one used. Or pick up a blem for a good price.

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Re: Which tandem kayak do you like?
« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2014, 10:51:16 AM »
Chaeki has a Raptor and a Malibu II XL. He might have some input on either.

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Re: Which tandem kayak do you like?
« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2014, 11:56:29 AM »
If you can find a OK cabo they are faster and carry much more weight than anything on the market now , they will carry two big guys and all their dive gear with no problem , and the two guys will be as fast or faster than a scupper pro

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Re: Which tandem kayak do you like?
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2014, 01:13:05 PM »

I've got the trident 15 and really like it.

Once you get past the coolness of the raptor, I think the trident makes more sense. The trident has a higher weight capacity (not critical since they're both decent but who knows when your dive buddy will swamp their kayak), is likely faster since it's narrower and longer, and has more storage inside the hull. The trident is also a slightly lighter kayak. You can also get a rudder for the trident to use on windy days.

If you ever get into tank diving, you can fit a tank and bcd in the tankwell, and even slide a steel 100 into the front hatch.

Raptor will definitely turn heads but I think the trident is hard to beat.
Thanks,that's what I think also.
We have 4-5 tridents in our group,and everyone loves them.
It looks like the 15 was discontinued,so maybe a 13 .
I'm 200 beer drinking pounds,but I think a 13will be fine.
Thanks again,Chuck
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