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Stable and simple sailing - the Tandem Island is a great intro to the water. Relaxed seating with MirageDrive included!

The fun just doubled. The Hobie Mirage Tandem Island delivers all the versatility and functionality of the Hobie Mirage Adventure Island, for two. This unique boat is equipped with dual Mirage 180 Drives, two comfortable and highly-adjustable Vantage CT seats, steering capability from either position, a smooth and simple roller-furling sail rig, retractable centerboard, and detachable akas and amas. With a world of opportunities for adventure, this kayaking and sailing vessel is beginner-friendly as well as enthusiast-chosen. No matter the day, the Tandem Island will take you on any excursion from bluewater fishing trips to lake-cruising days alike. The storage capability of the TI provides for multi-day adventures as well as quick trips, with multiple hatches and plenty of on-deck space for additional gear and accessories. Add the trampoline kit for walk-around room and even more space to load on the fish, camp gear, coolers, four-legged friends, and more!

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  • Length: 18' 6" / 5.64 m
  • Beam (Amas Out): 10' / 3.05 m
  • Beam (Amas In): 4' / 1.22 m
  • Mast Length: 18' / 5.49 m
  • Sail Area: 90 sq ft / 8.4 sq m
  • Hull Weight: 130 lbs / 59 kg
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  • MirageDrive Weight x 2: 6.6 lbs / 2.99 kg
  • Capacity: 600 lbs / 272 kg
  • Hull Construction: Rotomolded Polyethylene
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15 Best Tandem Kayaks for More Adventures on the Water in 2024

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Last updated: June 21st, 2023

TL;DR: The best tandem kayak is the Elkton Outdoors Two-Person Hard Shell Kayak . Its 36-inch width provides excellent stability for two people and ample storage space, including two hatches and a cooler platform. It’s expensive, but a fair price for a high quality tandem kayak.

As much as I love being outside, the one thing that always makes it better is friends, which is why the idea of tandem kayaking is so appealing. You get to enjoy the outdoors with half the work! 

Tandem kayaking also has benefits that solo kayaking doesn’t have. The first time I went ocean kayaking, it was in a tandem boat. 

I was super excited to try it, but it turned out that my vertigo got the best of me (yes, I’m very sensitive) and I basically ended up incapacitated. 

I was so nauseous that had my boyfriend not been in the stern to paddle me back, I’m not sure how I would have gotten back to shore. 

It’s strictly lake and river paddling for me now and I’m much happier!

You may not turn green on the ocean like me, but if you’re brand new to paddling or looking for a gift for an older couple or a family, a tandem kayak might be just the thing!

I’ve sifted through a bajillion tandem kayaks and tandem kayak reviews to bring you the best of the best. Read on to find the best tandem kayak for your needs and skill level!

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  • Best for Families – Sea Eagle 3-Person Inflatable Kayak
  • Best for Beginners – Perception Rambler 13.5
  • Best for Fishing – BKC TK122U 12′ 6″ Tandem 2 or 3 Person Sit-On-Top Fishing Kayak
  • Best Sit-Inside Tandem Kayak – Wilderness Systems Pamlico 135
  • Best Inflatable Tandem Kayak – Intex Excursion Pro
  • Best Tandem Kayak for One Person – Lifetime Tandem 10
  • Best for Camping – Elkton Outdoors Hard Shell Fishing Tandem Kayak
  • Best Lightweight Tandem Kayak – Explorer K2 Kayak
  • Best for Big Guys – Sea Eagle 380X Inflatable Kayak
  • Best for Stability – BKC TK219 12.2′ Tandem Sit-On-Top Kayak
  • Best for Under $1000 – Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible
  • Best for the Ocean – Aquaglide Navarro
  • Best Sit-On-Top Tandem Kayak – Ocean Kayak Malibu II
  • Most Comfortable Tandem Kayak – Driftsun Almanor Inflatable Touring Kayak
  • Best Foldable Kayak – Oru Foldable Kayak

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#1 Sea Eagle 3 Person Inflatable Kayak

Best for Families

Sea Eagle 3 Person Inflatable Kayak

Our rating: 4.6/5 Weight: 44.25 lbs Length: 12.5’ Weight capacity: 650 lbs

I chose the Sea Eagle 3-Person Inflatable Kayak as the best inflatable tandem kayak for families because it seats three and it packs down small. 

This means your minivan won’t be too crowded on your big family vacay. Plus, this inflatable kayak won’t break the bank. 

If you have siblings or children, you know the competition to do *that fun thing* can be cutthroat. 

Why don’t you make your vacation a little less dramatic by choosing a kayak that can seat three? That way one adult can still be in attendance or up to three youngsters can go at once.

The Sea Eagle 3-Person Kayak is rated for up to Class III whitewater kayaking if you’re that kind of family, but this little beauty will do great on calm waters as well. 

This kayak has two skegs (fins) on the bottom but some people find that they need to glue a third skeg for adequate tracking. 

I do find it a little annoying that there isn’t a way to more easily add a skeg as this is a pretty standard feature on most tandem kayaks. 

There are two paddles, a foot pump, and a carry bag included with this kayak. 

I especially appreciate the paddles because not all kayaks include them, and who has time and money to buy extras?

One con about the Sea Eagle is the quality of the seats. 

They’re a bit uncomfortable and the design for adding a different middle seat is lacking. If you’re a bigger person, the middle seat doesn’t always stay upright. 

  • Seats three
  • Folds up small (no roof rack needed)
  • Affordable price
  • Up to Class III rapids
  • Uncomfortable, low-quality seats
  • May need a third skeg

#2 Perception Rambler 13.5

Best for Beginners

Perception Rambler 13.5

Our rating: 4.7/5 Weight: 78 lbs Length: 13’ 5’’ Weight capacity: 550 lbs

The Perception Rambler 13.5 is the best two-person kayak for beginners because it’s a good-quality sit-on-top kayak that’s reasonably priced (compared to other top-rated tandem kayaks). 

In fact, I like it so much that I also included it in my roundup of the best budget kayaks . 

Sit-on-top kayaks are good for beginners because they’re easier to get in and out of and tend to be wider and thus more stable than sit-inside kayaks. 

This is a roomy kayak, which I like because whenever I’m new to something I inevitably bring way too much stuff the first time I try it. 

There’s an optional center seat and a storage hatch at the stern (back) that’s big enough for a cooler to sit in. 

This rigid tandem kayak is made of one molded piece of high-density polyethylene and is suitable for ocean bays with minimal surf, lakes, and slow rivers.

One of the downsides to this kayak is that there are no adjustable footrests and some people find the built-in ones uncomfortable. 

Additionally, the seats are padded, but if you’re on a long trip, you may want to consider bringing some extra padding or support. 

This kayak is also a bit on the heavy side at 78 pounds, but if you have two paddlers it shouldn’t be too hard to transport. 

Finally, one last con about this tandem kayak is that the paddles aren’t included.  

  • Can seat up to three
  • Multi-water way optional
  • Large storage hatch
  • Stable design
  • Paddles not included
  • Footrests can be uncomfortable for some people

#3 BKC TK122U 12′ 6″ Tandem 2 or 3 Person Sit-On-Top Fishing Kayak

Best for Fishing

BKC TK122U 12' 6" Tandem 2 or 3 Person Sit-On-Top Fishing Kayak

Our rating: 4.9/5 Weight: 74 lbs Length: 12.9’ Weight capacity: 770 lbs

If you’re looking for tandem fishing kayaks, go for an option that’s specifically made with anglers in mind. 

The Brooklyn Kayak Company TK122U 12’6’’ Tandem Kayak is a two-person fishing kayak with all the bells and whistles an angler could want. 

This kayak features four fishing rod holders (two of which can be swiveled around) so that you and your kayaking partner have lots of options for rod placement.

I also like the seats in this kayak. Fishing often requires sitting for long periods, so you need a comfortable chair. The seats are raised just a bit off the bottom of the kayak and are designed like aluminum porch chairs. 

There’s also a decent amount of storage space on this tandem fishing kayak, which is needed because anglers often have a lot of gear (or at least a lot of beer). There are two waterproof compartments as well as a bungee tie-down in the stern. 

Additionally, there are four “accessory rails” so you can mount a GPS to the side of the craft.

The weight capacity on this vessel is very high at 770 lbs and the bottom of the kayak is flat, which provides for good stability. 

If I have anything negative to say about this fishing kayak, it’s that customer service may not be the easiest to deal with at BKC. 

  • Four fishing rod holders
  • Lots of storage space for securing gear
  • Very stable
  • High weight capacity
  • Customer service is lacking

#4 Wilderness Systems Pamlico 135

Best Sit-Inside Tandem Kayak

Wilderness Systems Pamlico 135

Our rating: 4.9/5 Weight: 72 lbs Length: 13’6’’ Weight capacity: 500

There are many excellent sit-inside tandem kayaks out there but I eventually landed on the Wilderness Systems Pamlico 135 because it shines in several categories. 

First, this kayak has lots of ways you can customize it to fit your body shape. 

There are adjustable seats and footrests, both of which are padded. 

And unlike some rigid kayaks with molded-in footrests, it has a movable foot brace system to customize the length specifically to you. 

Many tandem kayaks that are “sit-in” have individual cockpits, so you couldn’t paddle solo because you wouldn’t be able to balance the weight properly. Not so with the Pamlico 135!

The seats are universally lauded as very comfortable – they have thick mesh-covered foam and the entire seat can slide forward and back for precise load balancing. 

Another thing I like about this kayak is that you can take one of the seats out so it can be easily paddled solo.

One neat feature about this kayak that I don’t often see elsewhere is that the side of the cockpit is padded so that your thighs don’t get bruised resting against the edge. 

The gear storage on this kayak includes a bungee system and a waterproof storage hatch behind the rear seat. 

I don’t love this arrangement because I find it a little difficult to reach the back storage hatch when I’m paddling, but it’s not a deal-breaker. 

  • Can be converted into a single kayak
  • Comfortable
  • Padding on sides of the cockpit
  • Storage hatch may be hard to reach

#5 Intex Excursion Pro

Best Inflatable Tandem Kayak

Intex Excursion Pro Kayak

Our rating: 4.6/5 Weight: 43.64 lbs Length: 151.2 in Weight capacity: 400 lbs

The Intex Excursion Pro is not only a great inflatable kayak but it’s also a great budget buy as well. 

One issue with inflatable tandem kayaks is getting the air pressure right. 

Thankfully, this kayak comes with a pressure gauge to measure the air pressure in the kayak to take the guesswork out of inflation.

And it comes with a double-action pump so that you’re inflating with both the up and down stroke, which helps the inflation process go faster. 

The Intex Excursion Pro also comes with a deep and shallow water skeg (super handy so you’re not scraping the skeg fin in shallow water).

It can double as a fishing kayak because it has two fishing rod holders. The middle of the kayak also has an optional mounting bracket for additional fishing accessories like a GPS. 

The skin of this tandem kayak is PVC-coated polyester, which is common for inflatable kayaks and is more durable than PVC alone. 

In terms of storage space, both the stern and bow have stainless steel rings to clip dry bags to and you can generally fit a few things either between your legs or near your feet.

One downside of this inflatable kayak is the weight capacity is only 400 pounds, which is relatively low. So, it might not be suitable for two tall paddlers plus fishing gear and coolers filled with ice packs and drinks.

Additionally, while I appreciate the two different skeg sizes, the skeg holder on the bottom of the kayak isn’t always mounted perfectly straight. This means it could be a challenge to keep a steady direction while paddling in this kayak. 

  • 3-ply skin provides better durability
  • Built-in rod holders
  • Mounting bar for fishing accessories
  • Fast inflation
  • Skeg holder may not be perfectly straight
  • Not suitable for two heavy paddlers with lots of gear

#6 Lifetime Tandem Fishing Kayak

Best Tandem Kayak for One Person

Lifetime Tandem 10

Our rating: 4.5/5 Weight: 60 lbs Length: 10 lbs Weight capacity: 500 lbs

If your tandem paddling partner ditches you, your kayaking adventure might be put on pause: unless your tandem kayak can be converted to a solo kayak! 

No matter the reason you find yourself paddling solo, it’s not a terrible idea to have the most versatile watercraft you can get. 

And the Lifetime 10’ Tandem Fishing Kayak is about as versatile as you can get. 

It can be paddled solo or with a friend, and it can be used as a fishing kayak or a simple recreational kayak. To be honest, it’s not often you can do all those things in the same boat.  

The Lifetime Tandem Fishing Kayak is a hardshell sit-on-top kayak with a 10-foot length, which is a relatively short kayak length. Short kayaks like this are easy to turn and are certainly manageable for one person. 

One issue with shorter kayaks is that they don’t tend to have great tracking. However, this kayak avoids that problem – the bottom of the kayak has an “M” shape that gives it better tracking.

This two-person kayak can also fit up to three fishing rods, and it has a large storage space in the back for fishing tackle or a cooler.

While most people love the Lifetime Tandem Fishing Kayak, make sure to look it over for holes when you first get it. Once in a while, a bad kayak gets through quality checks.

That’s clearly *no bueno* especially for a kayak as pricey as this one, but thankfully they have a reliable return policy if you contact them immediately. 

  • A two-person kayak that can be used for solo paddling adventures
  • Intended as a tandem fishing kayak, but suitable for non-fishing excursions
  • Three fishing rod holders
  • Good tracking
  • Quality issues during manufacture; do a thorough check when you first receive it

#7 Elkton Outdoors Hard Shell Fishing Tandem Kayak

Best for Camping

Elkton Outdoors Hard Shell Fishing Tandem Kayak

Our rating: 4.9/5 Weight: 72 lbs Length: 12.2’ Weight capacity: 650 lbs

Camping with a kayak is the best. You can bring all the trappings of glamping and you don’t have to carry any of it on your back.

The one thing you need for a camping kayak is lots of storage space. Trust me, once you try camping with a kayak you’ll never go backpacking again.

I chose the Elkton Outdoors Two-Person Hard Shell Kayak as the best camping kayak because of all the space you get. 

Many tandem kayaks have either a dry storage hatch or a bungee-covered open compartment, but the Elkton Outdoors Two-Person has two of each. Plus, it has a cooler platform in the middle.

This is a very wide (36’’) and stable kayak, too, which is important so that none of your gear goes overboard. And if you like to fish while you camp this kayak has two-rod holders too. 

If there’s one thing to complain about with this kayak, it’s that the seats aren’t very well constructed and buckle isn’t the most durable. 

  • Lots of storage space
  • Dedicated cooler platform
  • Two fishing rod holders
  • Seat is not high-quality

#8 Explorer K2 Kayak

Best Lightweight Tandem Kayak 

Explorer K2 Kayak

Our rating: 4.5/5 Weight: 30.4 lbs Length: 10’ 3’’ Weight capacity: 400 lbs

I don’t know about you but I’m not about to win any weightlifting competitions, nor am I trying to when I go out on the water for fun. 

Kayaks, especially tandem kayaks, can be quite heavy and unwieldy even with two people (especially if you have little sticks for arms like me). 

Maneuvering a big kayak off a roof rack is really tricky, not to mention carrying it to the water or portaging it around obstacles. This is why having the lightest tandem kayak possible is such a luxury. 

The Explorer K2 Kayak is one of the lightest weight tandem kayaks out there at just 30.4 pounds. Think about how many more river beverages you can carry with such a lightweight kayak!

This is a shorter (10’3’’) sit-on inflatable kayak. And while there’s a removable skeg for directional stability, this kayak is best suited for calm waters. 

This kayak comes with all the basics you need to get on the water immediately: two paddles, an air pump, and a carry bag. 

It’s also extremely affordable, making it one of the best tandem kayaks under $500.

Additionally, the seats on this inflatable tandem kayak are removable, which I like because then you can sit facing your paddling partner and enjoy the water. 

The maximum weight on this kayak is a bit low: just 400 pounds (you’d be surprised how fast the weights add up!), but for a budget kayak, I’d still say that’s pretty good. 

With that said, this is a bargain kayak, and I’ve seen a few people complain of leaks. 

There’s a repair kit included and multiple air chambers so you shouldn’t truly sink, but you might be getting what you pay for. 

  • Lightweight!
  • Budget-friendly
  • Comes with all the basic necessities
  • Low maximum weight
  • May be prone to leaks

#9 Sea Eagle 380X Inflatable Kayak

Best for Big Guys

Sea Eagle 380X Inflatable Kayak

Our rating: 4.8/5 Weight: 40 lbs Length: 12’6’’ Weight capacity: 750 lbs

You should never, ever exceed the weight capacity on a kayak for safety reasons. 

But even getting close to the weight capacity will cause the boat to sit lower in the water and will impact maneuverability. 

With the Sea Eagle 380X , you shouldn’t have to worry about exceeding the weight capacity, even with two large humans on board. 

Not only do these inflatable tandem kayaks have a whopping weight capacity of 750 lbs, but they’re rated up to Class IV rapids. 

This is a 12’6’’ long kayak with a 39-inch width (i.e. quite stable) and can seat up to three. The hull is made of 1000 Denier polyester, which means the fabric is very puncture resistant. 

There’s also a “pro package” that comes with this kayak that includes two paddles, two “tall” seats, a hand pump, a detachable skeg, and a repair kit. 

Setup time on this big fella is just 15 minutes, even using a hand pump. Additionally, the weight is almost nothing (40 lbs), especially for such a stout boat. 

While most people love this kayak, I have seen at least one person say that there is a seam weakness under the Sea Eagle badge itself that can be hard to repair.

  • Very high max weight
  • Lightweight
  • Comes with all the basic accessories
  • Fast setup time
  • Seam failure possible in one spot

#10 BKC TK219 12.2′ Tandem Sit-On-Top Kayak

Best for Stability

BKC TK219 12.2' Tandem Sit-On-Top Kayak

Our rating: 4.8/5 Weight: 68 lbs Length: 12’2’’ Weight capacity: 595

Generally speaking, two factors contribute to the stability of a kayak: width and the shape of the bottom. 

Kayaks over about 30 inches wide and flat-bottomed kayaks have excellent stability. You’ll also tend to find that sit-on kayaks are more stable than sit-inside kayaks. 

Fishing kayaks often incorporate all three of these elements and that’s why the best tandem kayak for stability on my list is a fishing kayak! 

The Brooklyn Kayak Company TK219 is a 12’2’’ long sit-on-top kayak. The 34-inch width and the flat bottom give this kayak great stability. You can use this as an ocean kayak or take it out on mellower rivers and lakes.

The longer kayak length does two things: it creates a boat that stays in a straight line easily and provides deck space for more gear storage (or up to a third person!). 

In addition to the added deck space, there are two sealed hatches and one bungee tie-down behind the stern seat. All of these are nice features for longer-distance trips. 

The seats on this kayak are the aluminum frame type, which I appreciate because I like to have firmer support when I’m sitting for extended periods. 

As I said, this is a fishing kayak. It has six fishing rod holders so you can go fish-crazy on this thing, too. 

Really, the only downside about this kayak is that it’s a little on the pricey side. 

  • Excellent stability
  • Lots of gear storage
  • Seats up to three
  • Six fishing rod holders

#11 Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible

Best for Under $1000

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible

Our rating: 4.7/5 Weight: 36 lbs Length: 10’5’’ Weight capacity: 300 lbs

Top tandem kayaks can be expensive and a good tandem kayak will often be several hundred dollars minimum. 

If you’re in the market for a mid-range tandem kayak, the Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Inflatable Kayak is a great choice. 

Admittedly, the AdvancedFrame kayak is *just* under $1000, but if you’re looking for something cheaper, you can check out our article on the best budget kayaks . 

The Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Kayak is unique in that it’s a hybrid between an inflatable and a hard shell kayak. It’s an inflatable kayak with a rigid aluminum frame reinforcement in the bow. 

One nice thing about the shape of the rigid frame is that it acts like a skeg, which helps with tracking, but additionally, there’s an extra tracking fin that can be added for improved performance. 

One of the biggest costs of some of the top kayaks is the materials they’re made of. 

This kayak is made of a triple-layer of polyester that’s coated with PVC on both sides to ensure the hull isn’t punctured. 

And in case you do get a hole, the kayak comes with a repair kit. While PVC is quite common on cheaper kayaks, you don’t always get multiple layers of it. 

The carry bag for this kayak is heavy-duty, but one downside is that it doesn’t come with an air pump. 

The manufacturer recommends using a 12V electric pump , and the air ports are compatible with most air pumps. 

Lastly, this kayak has a decent amount of space. There’s bungee rigging on the bow to slide a dry bag under, as well as two zippered compartments in the bow and stern for items. 

  • Good for flat and moderate river difficulty
  • Hybrid between a rigid and inflatable kayak
  • Heavy-duty carry bag 
  • Durable, multi-layer materials
  • Air pump not included

#12 Aquaglide Navarro

Best for the Ocean

Aquaglide Navarro

Our rating: 4.9/5 Weight: 35 lbs Length: 13’3’’ Weight capacity: 400 lbs

If you’re looking to enjoy ocean trips with your kayak, you’ll want to look for long, narrow kayaks. This is essentially the description of a touring kayak. 

While most recreational paddlers will do fine with a wide sit-on-top kayak, long-distance ocean paddling requires something a little more serious.

My pick for the best ocean kayak is the Aquaglide Navarro , a convertible open deck/sit-inside 13’ 3’’ inflatable kayak, because it incorporates many of the elements of a touring kayak.

The Aquaglide Navarro is “convertible” in the sense that the top of the kayak has a zip-on cover that can be added to keep you warmer or to keep water off your legs. 

When it’s unzipped, it forms more of an open cockpit in nice weather. 

You can also add a spray skirt. One con about this kayak is that both the zipper cover and spray skirt are sold separately. 

Additionally, the bottom of this kayak has a flat profile. It may not be as speedy as a v-shaped boat, but it makes up for this with stability. 

The hard bottom makes this kayak very stable while still providing good tracking. It also includes a skeg to help improve tracking even more. 

The front bow also has a zippered compartment for storage as well as bungee rigging on the top of the deck. 

  • Great tracking
  • Convertible open deck/sit inside design
  • Lots of storage
  • Paddle holders to free hands
  • Convertible cover and spray skirt sold separately

#13 Ocean Kayak Malibu II

Best Sit-On-Top Tandem Kayak

Ocean Kayak Malibu

Our rating: 4.8/5 Weight: 63 lbs Length: 12’ Weight capacity: 425 lbs

Crowning a kayak the “best of” for a giant category like “ tandem sit-on-top kayak” is a little daunting because there are truly so many great choices out there. 

After reading approximately one billion tandem kayak reviews, however, I went with the Ocean Kayak Malibu 2 because it’s a great all-around kayak at a decent price. 

This is a 12-foot-long, 63-pound hard shell tandem kayak that can be converted to seat one or three. 

First, the kayak length: I like a slightly longer kayak because they tend to track better and have more storage space. 

Second, the weight: 63 pounds is more than I can carry at once, but many people with this kayak report they can get it loaded on a roof rack by themselves. 

This boat also comes with two adjustable seats, plus it can be modified if you want to paddle a tandem kayak solo or add a third wheel. 

The kayak is 34 inches wide, offers good stability, and is reliable in calm oceans, lakes, and rivers.  

Finally, the price. While I wouldn’t call this a bargain kayak, it’s certainly considered reasonable, especially for a tandem kayak. 

If I have one gripe about this boat it’s that it doesn’t come with paddles. 

I know paddlers who often order a custom-sized paddle anyway, so this isn’t a dealbreaker for many people, but I find it annoying. It’s like a toy that doesn’t come with batteries!

And if I’m really being picky, I’d also say the maximum weight is a tad low, but even still, 425 lbs should be plenty for most folks. 

  • Lots of space on deck
  • Can be paddled solo or seat up to three
  • Good stability
  • Reasonable price
  • Paddles sold separately

#14 Driftsun Almanor Inflatable Touring Kayak

Most Comfortable Tandem Kayak

Driftsun Almanor Inflatable Touring Kayak

Our rating: 4.9/5 Weight: 33 lbs Length: 13’ Weight capacity: 400 lbs

When I was a kid, I’d usually have to fall off something high to hurt myself. Now I’m in my thirties and sitting too long is a dangerous activity. That’s why finding a comfortable boat is so important.

Not to mention, if you’re not comfortable, you probably won’t be having as much fun and isn’t that the whole point of kayaking? 

Plus, if you’re on a longer cruise you *need* to be comfy because you can’t very well get up to stretch. 

In addition to purchasing a kayak with a stellar return policy (REI is particularly good about this) so you can test out the comfort yourself, it’s also good to look for kayaks that were designed with comfort in mind. 

The Driftsun Almanor Inflatable Recreational Touring Kayak is one of the best double kayaks for comfort because of its many cushy features. 

First, I have to address that a “recreational touring” kayak is an oxymoron in most circles. Recreational and touring kayaks are quite different, but the Almanor claims to have the best of both worlds. 

This is a long kayak (13’), which is consistent with touring kayaks, and this boat is designed for long-distance paddles on flat water (or calm seas). 

The width of the boat is more like a recreational kayak. It’s nice and wide (39’’), which gives it terrific stability. 

Many inflatable kayaks can take a while to inflate, but the Almanor can be pumped up in just nine minutes with the dual-action pump! Additionally, this kayak is very lightweight (which makes it *comfortable* to carry). 

Ok, now for the comfort specs: the seats are amply padded with a high back and are highly adjustable. I’ve seen lots of comments about how comfortable these seats are so I know it’s not just hype.

The paddles are also included with this kayak and the customer service is very good as well. 

Frankly, there isn’t much to complain about with this kayak except *maybe* a somewhat low maximum weight. 

  • Padded, high-back seats for comfort
  • Good for long-distance cruises
  • Fast inflation time
  • Low max weight

#15 Oru Foldable Kayak

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Oru Foldable Kayak

Our rating: 4.6/5 Weight: 43 lbs Length: 16’1’’ Weight capacity: 500 lbs

You’ve heard me talk ad nauseam about inflatable kayaks but now I’ve got a surprise for you: there are *foldable* kayaks too! Don’t worry, they’re not as flimsy as you might think. Quite the opposite, actually. 

Foldable, innovative kayaks have a few distinct advantages over traditional kayaks. First, they are the most compact kayaks, even compared to an inflatable kayak. 

The Oru Foldable Tandem Kayak folds up to be about the size and shape of a large couch cushion. The setup is uncomplicated and can be done in around 15 minutes. 

Oru even boasts that you can fly with this kayak if you need to travel with it, which, since it’s under 50 pounds, you can on most airlines.

This model of foldable kayak is best suited for calm waters. While the material the kayak is made of is highly durable (see below), there are a few design issues that make it difficult to paddle in rough water. 

This particular model of Oru kayak is very long (16’) and narrow (28’’), best suited for moving efficiently through the water.

The Oru Foldable Kayak is made of extremely durable 5mm double-layered polypropylene, which makes it about as durable as carbon fiber. 

The material has been treated to be UV-resistant for 10 years and, like carbon fiber, this material is very lightweight. 

Overall, despite the drawbacks it has on choppy water, this is still one of the best tandem kayaks for its portability. 

  • Very durable material
  • Great for long-distance paddles
  • Not suited for choppy water


Buying Guide: How to Choose the Best Tandem Kayak

What to look for in a tandem kayak.

What to Look for in a Tandem Kayak

Longer kayaks (over 12-13 ft) are well-suited to longer trips since they move through the water in a straight line more efficiently. Also, keep in mind that longer kayaks may have more space for gear storage.

Shorter kayaks may take more effort to go in a straight line, but they can be turned more easily than long kayaks. 

Wider kayaks (over 30 inches) are more stable and are well-suited to beginners, kids, fishermen, and older folks.

The bottom of the kayak will influence how easy it is to paddle. Flat-bottomed hulls (like multi-chine) are very stable and are good as fishing kayaks. 

V-chine (v-shaped) hulls are faster and more maneuverable but may feel unstable to newbies. 

These are often what you’ll see on the bottom of touring kayaks, which are built for speed and distance.

Skeg or Rudder

Skegs are fins that are seated on the bottom of the kayak, while rudders can be dipped into the water from the stern (back). 

Skegs help steer the vessel in a straight line as you paddle, whereas rudders, which are often controlled by foot pedals, help steer the kayak in different directions. 

It’s nice to have a removable skeg so you can take it off in shallow water. Bonus points if the kayak comes with a deep and shallow water skeg.

Number/Arrangement of Seats

Many tandem kayaks can seat up to three. They may have detachable seats that can be re-arranged on the deck (e.g. facing one another), while some tandem kayaks have more permanent seating options that can’t be changed. 

Storage Space

No, I’m not talking about the amount of storage space on the kayak (although that’s important too). 

I’m thinking of the space you’ll need to dedicate to the storage of the kayak itself. While many kayaks can sit outside without too much structural damage, they may fade in the sun. 

If you don’t have a dedicated garage or loft space to store a kayak, consider an inflatable or foldable model. 

Types of Tandem Kayaks

Types of Tandem Kayaks

Sit-on-top kayaks are great for beginners because you don’t have to learn any special maneuvers to right yourself if you tip over (unlike a sit-inside kayak). 

Sit-on-tops tend to be a bit wider and more stable than sit-inside kayaks and are ideal for people who want to use their kayak like a swimming platform.

These kayaks are good for warm weather because you’ll inevitably get a little wet just from the paddle drips. 

People with kayaking experience who want a faster vessel may want to look at a sit-inside kayak. 

Sit-inside kayaks are best for colder water or weather as you can attach a spray skirt and keep all the water off. 

These are better suited for those with a little kayaking experience as the more V-shaped bottom may feel unstable to new kayakers.

Additionally, because you’re sitting inside the kayak, if you flip over, you need to learn how to right yourself. This isn’t a skill everyone can learn or wants to bother with.

Hardshell kayaks can be made of a wide range of materials. 

Polyethylene is a common material on cheaper kayaks. Polyethylene is not as lightweight as carbon fiber or kevlar, but for the price, it will get you on the water and keep you afloat for many years.

Carbon fiber and kevlar are lighter and more expensive. Don’t forget about old-fashioned wood kayaks too!

An inflatable kayak is best for those without a garage or storage space to keep a regular-sized kayak. 

These are also ideal if you have a small vehicle or want to travel with your kayak easily. An inflatable kayak is also sometimes a little lighter than a hardshell kayak.

In addition to inflatable tandem kayaks, there are also foldable kayaks. 

One advantage of foldable kayaks is that they can often be packed down more easily into their original small shape. 

There are a few different types of foldable kayaks: origami, nesting, and frame with skin. Some people also consider the inflatable kayak as a sub-category of foldable kayaks. 

Origami-style kayaks use one large piece of material that gets folded out. Nesting kayaks are like hardshell kayaks but they come in multiple pieces that you hook together. And Frame-with-Skin kayaks often have a metal frame that a plastic hull fits over. 

Solo vs. Tandem Kayaks

The main difference between a solo kayak and a tandem kayak is their size and the number of seats.

Tandem kayaks can often seat up to three people. Conversely, if you’re a bigger person, you can also consider paddling a tandem kayak solo. 

Tandem kayaks are designed to hold more weight than solo kayaks, so if you’re going on a gear-heavy trip, consider a tandem.

Touring vs. Recreational Kayaks

Touring kayaks are intended for serious kayakers with experience. These are longer and thinner boats that are designed to move fast with minimal effort.

Recreational kayaks are designed for people who are just paddling around for fun. These are wider than touring kayaks with flatter bottoms, both of which make the kayak more stable. 

FAQs About Tandem Kayaks

FAQs About Tandem Kayaks

Are tandem kayaks any good?

Just like any other product, there are amazing tandem kayaks and duds. 

Always look through lots of customer reviews (or read our round-up posts!) to get a feel for whether an item is living up to the manufacturer’s claims. 

What is the best length for a tandem kayak?

The best length for a tandem kayak depends on what you want to use it for. 

Longer kayaks (~over 13 feet) are best suited for long-distance paddling, while shorter kayaks are best for recreational paddlers on shorter trips. 

Are tandem kayaks less stable?

Tandem kayaks are not inherently less stable than solo kayaks. The instability of a tandem kayak comes from the challenge of paddling with a partner. 

Novice paddlers may not have good rhythm or technique and may not know how to skillfully navigate challenging waterways. 

Can one person paddle a tandem kayak?

Yes! Some tandem kayaks are designed specifically to be customizable for solo paddling. Look for sit-on-top kayaks with removable seats or sit-in kayaks with an open cockpit. 

Is tandem kayaking hard?

Just like riding a bicycle, or in this case a tandem bicycle, it’s all a matter of practice. 

Most people don’t find tandem kayaking hard. It can be easier than solo kayaking because if you get tired, your partner can keep you moving. 

Where should the stronger paddler sit in a kayak? Who steers a tandem kayak?

The stronger (usually heavier) kayaker needs to sit in the back. It’s much easier to steer a kayak if the weight is distributed evenly or with the heavier person in the back. 

Conclusion: Our Pick for the Best Tandem Kayak

Conclusion: Our Pick for the Best Tandem Kayak

Tandem kayaking is an amazing way to enjoy the outdoors with a partner and it can be a great hobby for anyone, regardless of your size or athletic ability. 

It can also be a great way for older folks, pregnant ladies, or differently-abled folks to enjoy the water with the safety of a partner nearby. 

There are lots of great tandem kayaks out there, so it was hard to choose just one as my top pick. 

However, if I had to go with a tandem kayak for myself, I would choose the Elkton Outdoors Two-Person Hard Shell Kayak . 

This is my pick for the best tandem kayak for camping, too, and I gave it that designation because it has lots of storage space and is a very versatile kayak. It has two storage hatches, plus a designated platform for a cooler. 

And although this is technically a fishing kayak, don’t be put off if you’re not into fishing. 

Fishing kayaks are usually quite wide and stable (this one is 36’’ wide) and you can just ignore the fishing rod holders. 


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Mirage® Tandem Island

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Mirage® Tandem Island Description

Hop aboard with a friend. With dual MirageDrive 180s providing forward and reverse pedal power, maneuvering is a snap even when the zephyrs subside. Our patented Kick-Up Fins automatically “kick-up” on contact with an underwater obstacle and automatically adjust back into place once clear. The central hull is pure high-end Hobie with all the expected features: multiple Twist and Seal hatches, a large bow hatch for below-decks storage, lever-operated rudder and centerboard deployment and dual rudder control. This is Hobie’s ultimate fish hunter, capable of marlin teasing trolling speeds.

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Mirage® Tandem Island Specs and Features

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Cockpit Type: Sit on Top / Open Cockpit
  • Seating Configuration: Tandem
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Intermediate, Advanced

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Hobie Mirage® Tandem Island Reviews

Read reviews for the Mirage® Tandem Island by Hobie as submitted by your fellow paddlers. All of the reviews are created and written by paddlers like you, so be sure to submit your own review and be part of the community!

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Absolutely love it. I solo…

Love the kayak. it’s a…, i should have bought this…, my wife has two bad knees….

My wife has two bad knees from too many skiing accidents. We tried this kayak at a demonstration. That was the first night she was able to sleep without pain in her knees. We purchased this used kayak in 2015. Since then we have taken it to many lakes in northern California. Placing and removing this 95 pound beast on and off the truck is not an easy chore. Once the kayak is on the water it is GREAT. I refer to it as a tug boat it is so stable and powerful. I purchased longer fins for one of the mirage drives which really provides much greater power. When camping I often get up early to get on the water before sunrise. I have no problem using a cart to roll the kayak to and from the water by myself. Once on the water the kayak glides along with just one person in the back. The ability to peddle while holding a sandwich in one hand and a beverage in the other is quite convenient. The only reason I didn't give this kayak five stars is the weight. I will likely buy another one if this one is ever damaged beyond repair.

I love this boat. Yes, boat.…

I love this boat. Yes, boat. Can't even get the other kayakers from the kayak club to call it a kayak, lol. It gets looks and compliments everywhere it goes. I tell folks "it's the Swiss Army Knife of kayaks." Everything it does, it does well. I use mine primarily for sailing and fishing, and was Initially surprised at how easy it "peddles" through the water for a "kayak" that weighs about 250#, even when solo, which is how I take it out 95% of the time. Ramp launch/ recovery takes about 15 minutes. Beach/ surf/ shoreline launch and recovery about 45 minutes but that is breaking it down into pieces which doesn't have to be done with some of the bigger dollies. There is nothing that comes close to the versatility of this thing, and with aftermarket trampolines that stretch over the outriggers, there's plenty of room for extra passengers, fishing and even camping gear. It loves fair and foul weather. My favorite sailing is in 15-25 mph winds with 2-4' waves- really puts the boat through its paces and it eats it like candy. Though I've heard some have, I've never taken it out in single hull mode. Always with the outriggers and sail though sometimes the sail starts out strapped to the outriggers. It turns surprisingly well if you concentrate the fin sweeps at the centerline. I have found it can make about a 20' diameter circle- not bad for an 18' kayak.

We purchased our Red…

We purchased our Red Hibiscus 2016 Tandem Island a little over a year ago, in mid 2017. My wife and I are the primary users, and we are mid 50's. As others have pointed out, it is a bit expensive, and we waited until we located a year end model at a Hobie dealer located on our way to the beach. Our first experiences were in Wolf Bay, in Orange Beach, AL. I already had experience surf launching large (Jackson Kayak Kracken 13.5) and knew better than to attempt surf launches until I was really confortable with the kayak.

Prior to owning the TI, we had never sailed. The learning curve has been easy, but I started slowly, and have sailed conservatively as the skills build. We have sailed the kayak in Lake Lanier, GA and in Wolf Bay, Orange Beach, AL for the past year and truly love the kayak. We intend to sail a little in the Gulf a little this year, and camp if we have opportunity.

We intended to also use the TI as a tandem sit on top kayak, but every time we have opportunity to get on the water, we prefer to sail it. The options of paddling, pedaling and sailing right out of the box produce an extremely flexible system where I don't worry about light winds and calm - we can always pedal. In fact, we pedal as we sail in ligh winds quite often and enjoy the exercise.

We have experienced no major issues with the TI. We have experienced a broken rudder pin that after researching I attribute to my loading and unloading onto the ladder track on my truck. If I am not careful, the rudder (and rudder pin) are stressed quite a bit as I load and unload the kayak.

We take a waterproof speaker and play music as we sail - it just doesn't get any better!

As a 60 year old, I…

We purchased our ti over a…, i bought a 2015 for my sons…, i have taken mine out 3 times…, although the hobie tandem…, got this in 2010 at the end…, reviewing the hobie ti,…, more kayaks from hobie :.

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Hobie Tandem Island Sail – Well Performing Sailing Kayak Or Failure?

The Hobie Tandem Island Sail is a unique kayak designed and manufactured by Hobie, a renowned kayak brand that offers you exemplary kayaks. The Tandem incorporates an exceptional design, new technology, and premium features that make it perfect for kayakers, sailing enthusiasts, and fishing fanatics.

The new design transforms this sailing kayak into a high performance, unique sailing machine that does not disappoint, regardless of any situation. You can exercise by pedaling or paddling, go fishing, or raise the sail and let the wind do all the work while you sit back and enjoy nature. Let’s have a look in this Hobie Tandem Island review at the features and performance of this incredible piece of work.

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[Check out our other Hobie articles: Hobie Adventure Island Sailing Kayak , Hobie Pro Angler 12 Kayak , Hobie Pro Angler 14 Kayak !]

How Does the Build of the Hobie Tandem Island Sail Hold?

As a part of the redesign, this kayak features a sturdy frame made with rotomolded polyethylene, which ensures a strong, fully adjustable, and customizable frame . It has a length of 18’6″ and a width of 30″, while the hull weighs 130 pounds with basics and 240 pounds when fully loaded with accessories. This kayak not exactly lightweight, so you might need a hand carrying it to the water and bringing it ashore.

Thanks to its quality constructed frame, the Hobie Tandem Island Sail will not only accommodate up to 600 pounds , but it will also ensure great stability while sailing in tough conditions, such as strong water currents or winds. The amas are large enough to offer great stability and can tuck in against the hull for easy and hassle-free docking, or they can be removed completely. The sails can be detached and stored in a carrying bag.

The cockpit can be easily transformed into a peddling platform when the weather conditions are not favorable for sailing.

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This kayak features 2-piece carbon-composite masts, whose main function is to reduce weight while maximizing performance. The sail’s larger masts and sail area help provide smoother and faster rides, making your trip more fun and hassle-free. The kayak also boasts of a Lowrance Ready system that features a built-in Transducer Mount that will also greatly enhance your fishing experience.

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It comes with Vantage CT seats that feature a 3-level height adjustment and can be reclined to a preferred angle for all day comfort. The kayak seating features lumbar support that provides superior comfort and support regardless of your sailing angle. That means you can stay out all day and remain comfortable all throughout. These seats are also quick-drying and can be substituted as beach chairs.

Features of the Hobie Tandem Island

This so-called kayak comes with a ton of premium features that offer great convenience and versatility. You will absolutely have a whole lot of fun on your water adventure because of this sailing kayak. It features two MirageDrives, one in the front and one in the back, which allows for increased speed and ease of use.

The Mirage Drive technology gives you the option of pedaling the Hobie Tandem Island Sail kayak when the sail is up and furled, once again enhancing your kayaking experience .

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That’s not the complete package; it also comes with two sets of paddles for quick steering situations, which can be stored on the akas when they’re not being used. You also have the option of using the rudder steering controls in the front and rear cockpits.

The Hobie Tandem Island Sail is an incredibly designed kayak that allows you to paddle, sail, fish, and pedal with great ease and with maximum speed. Its pedal power makes it much faster when compared to most tandem kayaks on the market. With its 3 superior forms of propulsion, you don’t have to panic when the wind stops blowing.

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Also offering exceptional performance are the roller-furling systems and vertical battens, which provide a boomless surface sail and better lift. The retractable centerboards are expertly designed to reduce lateral slip, also ensuring a smooth ride. These centerboards basically fold up against the side of the Hobie Tandem Island Sail to ensure easy docking and transport, as well as maneuverability.

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The Hobie Tandem Island comes with sufficient storage hatches, including four mesh-covered storage pockets, two molded-in rod holders, and 4 cup holders. There are bungee cords in the rear for extra storage that needs to be secured in place. One of the seats can also be removed, thus creating more room if you are going solo.

There are three twist and seal hatches, all three measuring 8″, as well as a very roomy bow hatch. You can purchase trampolines for the Hobie Tandem Island Sail for extra storage, and they can also be used to lay on, prevent water from spraying into the cockpits, or to invite kids or dogs along! They are made of a strong vinyl mesh that can be firmly tied to the kayak for reliable security.

Truly, this sailing kayak lives up to its name: a kayak that you can sail in & even use a trampoline!

  • Two MirageDrives and rudder controls in the front and rear for dual steering
  • Multiple storage options with the option to add more
  • It is sturdy, durable frame construction for long lasting use
  • Excellent performance, versatility, and stability, which is made apparent in this Hobie Tandem Island review
  • Hobie Tandem Island kayak is faster than most kayaks, easily maneuverable
  • Vantage CT seats with lumbar support that are easily adjustable
  • Optional 8-gallon live-bait tank for fishing and trampolines for extra storage space
  • Available in 3 different colors
  • It will be too expensive for many people
  • Too heavy for people to use if they are heading out alone

Hobie Tandem Island Review Conclusion

The Hobie Tandem Island Sail is, without a doubt, a great sailing machine that will transform the way you paddle, fish, or cruise on the water in luxury. It is sturdy, durable, comfortable, easy to use, and very versatile. Its premium features, whether they are already included or added later, can make this the greatest kayak you will ever buy.

You can fish with a live-bait tank, pedal and paddle when you want exercise, or sail when you want to just relax out on the water.

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If you are a beginner, there is nothing to worry about, as the Hobie Tandem Island Sail is perfectly designed for beginners as well as professionals. If you have never sailed before, this is the perfect way to practice the techniques that make sailing much easier and more enjoyable.

So if you are a fishing or water sports fanatic, you will certainly want to try this state-of-the art piece of work, expertly designed just for you.

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The Ultimate Guide to Hobie Mirage Tandem Kayaks

Are you ready for an exhilarating kayaking experience with a partner? Look no further than the Hobie Mirage Tandem Kayaks! These incredible two-person pedal-driven kayaks offer unparalleled performance, comfort, and handling. But before you dive in, let’s explore everything you need to know about these fantastic watercraft.

Key Takeaways

Choosing the Perfect Hobie Tandem Kayak

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When it comes to kayak selection, there’s no substitute for taking one out on the water. The best way to determine if a Hobie tandem kayak suits your needs is by embarking on a test paddle. Experience firsthand the exceptional performance, comfort, and fit that these kayaks provide. However, keep in mind that finding a used tandem Hobie kayak may be challenging due to their niche market. If you’re looking for immediate gratification, consider purchasing a new model instead. For valuable tips on buying a used kayak, check out our article How To Buy A Used Kayak .

Before investing in a Hobie pedal kayak, it’s crucial to ensure it’s the right type of kayak for you. If you prefer using a traditional paddle to propel your kayak, you may want to explore recreational, touring, or fishing kayaks from other manufacturers. Although paddling is an option with Hobie tandem kayaks, their pedal-driven design is what sets them apart.

Additionally, Hobie tandem kayaks feature high-tech pedal-drive mechanisms that contribute to a price tag higher than your typical recreational kayak. If you’re set on owning a Hobie, it’s essential to understand the various options available.

The Hobie Mirage Tandem Kayak Lineup

Hobie currently offers four exceptional tandem kayak models, each with its unique features and capabilities:

Ideal for recreational kayaking and casual fishing with a friend, the Mirage Compass Duo boasts Hobie’s advanced Mirage Drive technology. With a length of 13.5 feet, this kayak guarantees stability, comfort, and a weight capacity of up to 475 pounds. It even comes with a sail mount, making it compatible with Hobie’s optional sailing kit.

For those seeking speed and ample deck space, the Mirage Oasis is the perfect choice. Measuring 14.5 feet, this sleek and elongated kayak offers faster touring capabilities. Equipped with four hatches, dual rod holders, and Mirage 180 pedal drives for both riders, it ensures an unforgettable kayaking experience. The Mirage Oasis is also compatible with Hobie’s optional sailing kit or electric motor kit, extending its versatility. It can carry up to 550 pounds.

If portability is high on your priority list, consider the Mirage iTrek 14 Duo. This tandem inflatable kayak showcases Hobie’s smooth pedal drive system while being lightweight and easily stored when disassembled. Transporting it is a breeze, as it fits snugly in the back of your car. With a rugged inflatable construction and a weight limit of 600 pounds, it offers plenty of space for two adults.

For the adventurous souls looking to sail while kayaking, the Mirage Tandem Island is a dream come true. This specialized trimaran-style double kayak features Hobie’s signature pedal-drive system and offers superb sailing performance. With an 18.5-foot length and outriggers for stability, you can enjoy the exhilaration of sailing even on windless days.

Hobie tandem kayaks boast the Mirage Drive pedal-drive system, which mimics walking. By pumping your legs forward and back, you effortlessly propel the kayak while keeping your hands free for steering, fishing, photography, snacking, or operating sails. This innovative system relies on underwater fins for propulsion, and Hobie offers several versions to suit your needs.

Now that you’re acquainted with the incredible world of Hobie Mirage Tandem Kayaks, it’s time to embark on your own unforgettable kayaking adventure. Strap in, grab your partner, and get ready to explore the waterways like never before. Let the Hobie Mirage Tandem Kayaks take you on an incredible journey of fun, comfort, and unmatched performance!

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RED Tandem Sailing Trimaran Pedal  Kayak


Length: 18'1"

Outrigger/Ama: 13'2"

Max Beam: 11'2"

Mast Height: 18'4"

Sail Area:  91ft²

Fitted Hull Weight: 115lbs Fully Rigged Weight: 225lbs Capacity: 595lbs

●  Easily retractable/removable outrigger

●  Pedal drive with flexible fins

●  8.5m² sail with two-piece mast

●  Aluminum fishing chair

●  Two-piece paddles

●  Full Rudder System

●  Built-in, fully retractable, kick-up centerboard

●  All cordage and sailing hardware

●  Large front storage hatch

●  Rear cargo compartment with bungee

●  Three 8'' waterproof seal hatches

●  Four drink holders

●  Eight carrying handles

●  Two side paddle mounts  

●  Multiple plugs and buttons included

●  Hull material HDPE


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The Best Tandem Kayaks for a Smooth Ride

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If you’re looking to spend some time out on the water with a friend, family member, or significant other, a tandem kayak is a great option. Unlike most kayaks, tandems are built for two people, making the experience a much more communal one. They’re also a great choice if space is at a premium since you can buy one kayak for two people. Another reason to go with a tandem kayak is when a stronger paddler wants to go out with a weaker paddler, such as a beginner heading out with an expert or a child heading out with a parent.

But two-person kayaks come with a few compromises compared to the smaller, more maneuverable single-person boats. While sharing your kayak with another person can be a lot of fun, tandem models tend to be considerably longer and harder to control than standard kayaks. Kyle McKenzie, owner of Adventure Paddle Tours in Frisco, Colorado, and Naples, Florida, says, “With beginner kayakers not knowing their responsibilities, they tend to blame one another for the zig-zagging. It can be difficult for couples and siblings.”

However, tandem kayaks can be faster and more stable when the paddlers know what they’re doing, making it easier for two paddlers to go further than they would on their own. Plus, they turn what is often a solitary sport into something you can share with others.

Read on to learn more about the best tandem kayaks available.

  • What to Look For

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Best overall, ocean kayak malibu two xl tandem kayak.


Good for beginners

Comfortable for tall people

Seats are a little awkward

Ocean Kayak's Malibu 2XL kayak is our top pick because it's ready for almost any water condition and is suitable for beginners and intermediates alike. This 13-foot-4-inch kayak is a bit longer than others on our list and has good traction and stability on flat water, light tides, or river currents.

It's a value kayak that stays in the three-digit price range but still offers the quality expected from this respected kayak brand and a 5-year warranty to back the name. You also get the versatility of converting it for paddling solo, so you're not limited to times when you only have two paddlers. Simply remove one of the Comfort Plus seats and position the other one in the center of the boat. Since these seats are adjustable, this kayak can be used by anyone in the family, regardless of size. It weighs 68 pounds and can hold up to 475 pounds.

Capacity: 475 pounds | Dimensions: 160 x 34 inches | Inflatable: No

Intex Explorer K2 Inflatable Kayak Set

Adjustable backrest


Intended for lakes only

This two-person inflatable is far from a performance kayak, but for those looking to get into the sport at a budget-friendly price, this simple tandem fits the bill. As an inflatable, it’s much easier to transport and store than a hard-hull kayak and pumps up quickly, making it more realistic for newbies.

The stiffness and performance are the limitations of this affordable option. Because it’s a lower-pressure inflatable and everything down to the seats is inflatable, the kayak lacks stiffness, which translates into stability, durability, and comfort issues. While the durability and performance of this entry-level tandem aren’t going up to the level of pricier options, it’s a great way to get into the sport on the cheap and find out if it’s for you.

Capacity: 400 pounds | Dimensions: 120 x 36 inches | Inflatable: Yes

Best Inflatable

Advanced elements island voyage 2.

Courtesy of L.L. Bean

Multiple seat options

Good stability

Removable deep tracking fin

A little snug

Fabric can be hard to clean

Many tandem kayaks are so long that they are difficult, if not impossible, to transport without a large truck or roof rack. Inflatables such as this one open up kayaking to those with smaller cars or those who want to take their kayak on a plane without using up all their storage space.

The Advanced Elements Voyage 2 is made of durable 600D polyester and measures 11 feet 2 inches in length so that paddlers won't be cramped. Multiple seat positions allow you to use it as a tandem or a solo kayak, and the boat's pontoon-style side tubes make for a stable kayak that's great for beginners. This kayak also features a rear drain plug for easy deflating. However, shoppers should note that you must buy the inflation air pump separately.

Capacity: 400 pounds | Dimensions: 132 x 37 inches | Inflatable: Yes

Best Sit-on-Top

Ocean kayak malibu tandem kayak.

Comfy footbeds

Storage space

Not as fast

This sit-on-top kayak from OC Paddle features a rigid polyethylene frame that delivers efficient power transfer from your paddle strokes so you can paddle longer distances easily. It measures 12 feet in length and can comfortably hold two adults and one child. The two Comfort Plus seats are located in the bow and stern, and the middle seat has footbeds for added comfort. The molded frame features two gear straps for storing accessories, two handles, and a drain plug. Its maximum capacity is 375 pounds.

Capacity: 375-425 pounds | Dimensions: 144 x 34 inches | Inflatable: No

Best for Lakes

Brooklyn kayak company pk14.

 Courtesy of Brooklyn Kayak Co.

Easy to steer

Hand controlled runner

Fishing rod holders

Could use more storage

You can paddle long distances on the lake with Brooklyn Kayak Company's PK14 kayak. This sit-on-top kayak comes with two collapsible aluminum paddles and two pedal drives, giving kayakers the option to use either their hands or feet to maneuver the boat. It also features a hand-controlled rudder next to the rear seat, providing optimal steering and control. Unlike many cheaper kayaks, the PK14 has seats that have a rigid frame with padding so you can stay on the water longer without discomfort.

Details aren't forgotten here, either, with a cup holder, three fishing rod holders, a storage hatch, a recessed cargo area, and four carrying handles. There's even an attachment point for an optional trolling motor to turn this into a boat/kayak hybrid. This kayak measures 14 x 34 inches and can carry up to 670 pounds. It also comes with a 5-year limited warranty.

Capacity: 670 pounds | Dimensions: 168 x 34 inches | Inflatable: No

Best for Fishing

Feelfree lure 11.5 v2 fishing kayak.



The Feelfree Lure II is built for fishing. Designed to hold all your gear, this kayak has rear storage space for storing a cooler, front and rear rod holders, and a sonar pod to mount a fish finder. It also comes in five different camouflage colorways for maximum concealment as you glide into fish-heavy waters.

This versatile kayak also offers multiple configuration options to give you more flexibility. The two Gravity seats are well-made and supportive to ensure you don't mind long days casting in the saddle. The seats are also removable, so you can convert this boat into a one-person kayak with more space to hold your gear and additional standing room. There's even an option to attach a motor or pedal behind the rear seat, converting this kayak into a serious fishing boat.

Capacity: 500 pounds | Dimensions: 168 x 36 inches | Inflatable: No

Best for Whitewater

Aire lynx ii inflatable kayak.

Good maneuverability

Easy to transport

Aire is among the most respected names in river running crafts, and this agile tandem whitewater steed lives up to its reputation. The Lynx II is designed to be used in whitewater conditions, but it can also convert to a larger solo kayak with plenty of room for storing your stuff on an overnight river trip.

The kayak is loaded with 17 cargo loops for securely lashing your stuff down when the water gets turbulent. It also has two grab handles on both sides underneath the boat that can be used to easily tip the boat back over if you capsize. The kayak's rockered bow and continuous curve shape make it ready to charge every rapid and eddy. This boat comes with a complete repair kit and a 10-year warranty.

Capacity: 475 pounds | Dimensions: 150 x 39 inches | Inflatable: Yes

Best for Touring

Aquaglide deschutes 145 kayak.

Ton of storage space

Pump not included

The Aquaglide Navarro is ready for whatever the elements throw at it. Made from 600-denier hexcell ripstop polyester and having a hard bottom drop-stitched floor, it's durable enough that river rocks won't damage it, despite being inflatable. If you need to access the zippered cargo holds on the bow or stern or get out gear from dry sacks held in the bungee decklace rigging, there are holders on either side of the vessel to secure your paddles. And if you want to take your kayak on a trip, it can easily be deflated and stored in a duffle-style carry bag tossed in a car or checked as luggage on a flight.

There's also an optional zip-in closed deck cover for those looking for a bit of extra protection from waves.

Capacity: 500 pounds | Dimensions: 172 x 39 inches | Inflatable: Yes

What to Look for in a Tandem Kayak

The most frustrating thing for a beginner is a kayak they can’t keep upright. McKenzie says he buys lots of barely used fancy lightweight kayaks from people that realize their abilities aren’t up to the task. For beginners, a flat-bottomed kayak provides more stability when at rest and is a better choice for newbies. More advanced users will prize performance over flatwater stability—just be sure which level of kayaker you are before you buy. As McKenzie advises, “If you’re a beginner golfer, you wouldn’t use Tiger Woods’ golf clubs.”

Longer kayaks often plane better than shorter ones, but this is an important dimension to consider in terms of storage and transport. Tandems can be longer than is convenient. Even if a 15-foot kayak performs excellently, it won’t be of much use to you if it’s too large to carry on your vehicle or to store in your garage. Check the specific dimensions listed by the manufacturer and then try to estimate if it will work with your size limitations for transporting and storing it.

If you plan to spend extended time on your kayak, carefully evaluate the seating. Many kayak seats are flimsy and supported only by straps. Hard frame chairs offer better support when paired with a proper cushion.

Kayak capacity is usually measured in weight; for a tandem kayak especially, it can be a good shorthand for how equipped a particular kayak is for true tandem use. If you and/or your kayaking partner are larger, it’s important to confirm that a particular kayak is up to keeping you both afloat. 

Some smaller tandems are rated for up to 350 pounds. That means two 175-pound adults are pushing the limit of this kayak, which may be suitable for smaller folks or an adult and a child. On the other end of the spectrum, some larger kayaks can support up to 675 pounds meaning two large adults plus lots of gear could reasonably be carried. Make sure to check the weight limit before purchasing.

Those kayaking in fair summer weather and relatively warm waters may want to wear swim attire and enjoy getting wet occasionally. But no matter what is worn, a personal floatation device is a safety must. For those paddling in cold waters (even on hot days), it's a good idea to dress for that water temperature and may want to consider a wetsuit.

Even when paddling in warm waters on warm days, it's a good idea to use the kayak's storage (or a dry bag) to bring along layer options since changes in weather and time of day can change conditions quickly.

Yes. Many tandem kayaks are set up to convert for single-paddler use. Kyle McKenzie, owner of Adventure Paddle Tours in Frisco, Colorado, and Naples, Florida, says many of his guides use tandem kayaks as singles for the stability and storage space. “Convertible tandem kayaks allow the kayaker to adjust the stern seat. You can push it usually a foot and a half up, which will evenly distribute weight,” says McKenzie.

Paddling a tandem kayak is challenging because of the propensity to collide paddles. McKenzie says defining responsibilities can help avoid conflicts. "Kayakers in the front must let go and let the kayaker in the back do the steering. The back kayaker is supposed to follow the kayaker's pace in the front. It is definitely a team-building experience," he says. 

The size can make it more challenging to transport to and from the water and make it more difficult to store when not in use. Additionally, a two-person kayak often has less overall space to carry gear than two individual boats would have, which can be an important consideration for those embarking on a longer paddling excursion. There are fewer options when shopping for tandem kayaks versus single kayaks as well, says McKenzie.

Sit-inside kayaks feature a sunken cockpit that usually permits a spray skirt that can be attached to exclude water that cinches around the rider's waist. These are most useful in whitewater and ocean kayaking but can be used on any kind of water with or without the spray skirt. Sit-on-top kayaks are better for warmer water and are well suited for fishing. 

Justin Park is a Breckenridge, Colorado-based writer and videographer who has rafted whitewater, kayaked rivers, paddle-boarded high alpine lakes, and has learned to respect both wind and cold water living in the Rockies. He and his camera gear have survived Class III rapids.

In compiling this list of best tandem kayaks, Park spoke with Kyle McKenzie , owner of Adventure Paddle Tours in Frisco, Colorado, and Naples, Florida.

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This is our guide to the best 2 person kayaks on the market in 2023.

Just like solo kayaks, two-person kayaks come in all different shapes and sizes. There are tandem boats that are designed for covering long distances, for fishing, for families, or for white water. 

Picking the best tandem kayak is not easy. Luckily, we’ve tested dozens of tandem kayaks over the years, so we can speak from experience.

For this roundup, we have chosen some great models for 2 people to help you narrow down your search. There is also a comprehensive buying guide to help you make the right choice.

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At a Glance: Best 2 People Kayaks

  • Best Buy: Intex Excursion Pro
  • Best Overall: Crescent Crew
  • Best for Fishing: FeelFree Lure II Tandem
  • Best Sit-On: Perception Tribe 13.5
  • Best Sit-In: Wilderness Systems Pamlico 135
  • The Lightest: Driftsun Voyager
  • The Most Stable: Sea Eagle 380X Explorer
  • Best of the Rest: Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible

Comparison Table: Best Kayaks for 2 Persons

Best tandem kayak reviews, crescent crew – best 2 seater kayak.

Crescent Crew

Length: 13’ (396 cm) Width: 35” (89 cm) Weight: 79 lb (35.8 kg) Capacity: 600 lb (272 kg)

First introduced in 2020, Crescent Crew takes the best from the popular LiteTackle model and adds enough capacity and room for two people.

This 2-person kayak is 13 ft (396 cm) long and weighs just 79 lb (35.8 kg) , which we found is not too huge even as a solo boat.

We were impressed by the Crew’s generous capacity of 600 lb (with scupper holes plugged) , which is better than most hard-shell kayaks on our list.

Other things we liked were two comfortable frame seats and an open, clean deck, which lets you take a couple of kids and a dog with you.

Crescent Crew kayak

Crescent Crew features a huge tank well on the stern that can hold a lot of fishing or camping gear . This is something not every tandem kayak offers.

The kayak can be converted from two seater to solo in a matter of seconds. You can also reverse the front seat for a face-to-face seating position. We loved the awesome paddling performance and tracking of this kayak, which makes it equally great as a recreational kayak or (with some modifications) as a tandem or solo fishing platform .

A minor downside is that, although the Crew has molded-in flat spots for gear tracks, it does not come with the gear tracks. You’ll need to buy the gear tracks separately and drill into the hull to install them.

Another thing we were not fond of is the molded footrests for the front paddler. Of all the tandem kayaks we tested, only FeelFree Lure II comes with adjustable footrests for both passengers.

Overall, we believe Crescent Crew is the optimal combination of weight capacity, versatility, and comfort, which is why we picked it as the best tandem kayak on the market today.

  • Generous 600 lb capacity
  • Comfortable frame seats
  • Roomy stern tankwell
  • Facetime configuration option
  • Can be paddled solo
  • Can be converted into a fishing kayak
  • Molded footrests for front paddler
  • Does not include gear tracks
  • Limited availability; often sold out

Intex Excursion Pro – Best Buy

Intex Excursion Pro

Length: 12’ 7” (383.5 cm) Width: 37” (94 cm) Weight: 39 lb (17.7 kg) Capacity: 400 lb (180 kg)

Intex Excursion Pro is a step up from other Intex kayaks. Unlike cheaper 2 person models that are made from vinyl, the Excursion Pro is made from 3-ply PVC laminate with a polyester core. This material is way more abrasion-resistant and durable.

Intex Excursion Pro is 12’7” (383.5 cm) long and 37” (94 cm) wide. At 39 lb (17.7 kg), it is the heaviest kayak in Intex’s line but still pretty lightweight .

The capacity of 400 lb (180 kg) means that the kayak can take two smaller persons with limited gear or one average-sized adult with a reasonable amount of fishing or camping gear.

Intex Excursion Pro kayak

Intex Excursion Pro comes with two inflatable seats that slide fore and aft on velcro strips and can be easily removed. It also includes one removable seat booster that lets you sit higher.

Other features include two collapsible paddles that you’d better replace ASAP, a hand pump and a pressure gauge, adjustable footrests, two skegs (a large one and a small, shallow water skeg), and even a mounting bracket for your fishing accessories. There are also two flush-mount rod holders but those are hardly usable.

Overall, Intex Excursion Pro is pretty well equipped for its price. The better, more durable construction makes this kayak suitable for longer fishing trips or even overnight camping trips – if you paddle it solo, of course.

Intex Excursion Pro K2 is a sturdy inflatable kayak that comes with everything you need to take to the water. Whether you are heading out for a recreational trip on a lake, floating down a gentle river, or go fishing, the Excursion Pro K2 can do it all.

  • Robust build for longevity
  • Quick to inflate and deflate
  • All-in-one package
  • Seat pads for extra height
  • Low capacity
  • Seating lacks long-term support
  • Large sidewalls can feel restrictive to larger paddlers

FeelFree Lure II – Best Fishing Tandem

FeelFree Lure II Tandem

Length: 14’ 2” (431.8 cm) Width: 36” (91.4 cm) Weight: 105 lb (47.6 kg) Capacity: 500 lb (227 kg)

If you need a stable, comfortable, and versatile fishing kayak for two people, take a look at the FeelFree Lure II tandem kayak.

The most attractive feature of the Lure II is the super-comfortable Gravity seats. These padded, adjustable seats offer as many as ten height adjustment points and are perfect for long days on the water. The front seat can be removed if you want to paddle the kayak solo.

Gravity seat on FeelFree Lure II kayak

Another unique feature is that the Lure II is pedal drive and rudder-ready, which gives this two seater a lot of versatility.

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Other features include multiple gear tracks, two sonar pods (I can’t think of any other tandem that offers those), adjustable footrests for both paddlers, a dry storage hatch, two flush-mount rod holders, a sizeable rear tank well, and FeelFree’s patented Wheel in the Keel for easier handling.

With its 36-inch beam and 500 lb of capacity, the Lure II can hold a lot of gear and is stable enough to stand on . At 105 lb (47.6 kg), this kayak is not exactly ultralight but still manageable for two adults.

Stable and relatively lightweight, FeelFree Lure 2 Tandem is a perfect fit for families or couples who want to enjoy quality time together out on the water.

  • Overdrive, Motordrive, and rudder ready
  • Limited capacity for two people
  • Limited storage space

Perception Tribe 13.5 Tandem – Best Sit-on

Perception Tribe 13.5 Tandem

Length: 13’ 5” (408 cm) Width: 34” (86.4 cm) Weight: 79 lb (36 kg) Capacity: 500 lb (226 kg)

A tandem kayak that will leave you so relaxed you won’t want to get out at the end of the day, the Tribe is a brilliant flatwater cruiser thanks to the longer and more defined keel line than that of Perception Rambler .

The Tribe is fitted with Percept i on’s fully adjustable, reclinable seats which can be moved quickly between engaged, relaxed, and near-horizontal if you just want to lay back and let your partner do all the work. There’s also a molded kid’s seat in the middle so you can take your youngsters out with you.

Perception Tribe 13.5 Tandem kayak

While comfort is arguably the most prominent feature of this boat, it also has loads of storage at the front and rear, as well as small day hatches in front of each paddler. There’s also a couple of recesses for the solo mounts, so you can accessorize your ride.

Wilderness Systems Pamlico 135 – Best Sit-in Tandem

Wilderness Systems Pamlico 135

Length: 13’ 6” (411 cm) Width: 31” (79 cm) Weight: 72 lb (32.7 kg) Capacity: 500 lb (227 kg)

Wilderness Systems Pamlico 135T is a recreational sit-inside tandem kayak that also performs well as a day touring boat . While it does not have a ton of features, it does offer great speed, tracking, and stability for recreational paddlers. It is also very comfortable with soft thigh pads and fully adjustable Phase 3 AirPro seats.

At 13’ 6” (411 cm) long with a 31” (79 cm) beam, the Pamlico 135T is relatively short for a tandem. This may limit the legroom for taller paddlers but also makes the boat easier to store and transport. The kayak can be converted into a solo configuration easily.

Wilderness Systems Pamlico 135

The kayak weighs 72 lb (32.7 kg) and can carry up to 500 lb (227 kg), which is enough for two average-sized individuals and some gear. If you’re on the heavier side , there is a longer model, the Pamlico 145T, which is rated at 550 lb (249 kg).

Wilderness Systems Pamlico 135T is a recreational sit-inside tandem kayak that tracks well and can also work in a solo configuration. It does not have a lot of features, but it is a speedy, reliable and comfortable boat for recreational trips.

  • Converts into a solo kayak
  • Comfortable seats
  • Light for a tandem
  • Not the most stable
  • No paddle holders

Driftsun Voyager – The Lightest Tandem Kayak

Driftsun Voyager

Length: 11’ 2” (340 cm) Width: 35″ (89 cm) Weight: 32.5 lb (14.7 kg) Capacity: 400 lb (181 kg)

Driftsun Voyager is a relatively cheap two-person kayak for short recreational trips. At 11’2″ long and 35″ wide, it is a stable platform for relaxed paddling and having fun on the water.

The kayak has a dual-layer construction with air bladders inside 840D coated nylon oxford fabric covers. The heavy-duty PVC tarpaulin bottom protects it from abrasion and punctures. There are three separate air chambers (two on the sides and one on the floor) to increase safety.

Driftsun Voyager kayak

Driftsun Voyager comes with two adjustable padded seats, two aluminum paddles, a double-action hand pump, a carrying bag, and a removable skeg on the bottom to improve tracking. Overall, it’s a great package for the price and a fun kayak that can bring some great moments on the water.

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Sea Eagle 380X Explorer – The Most Stable 2 Person Kayak

Sea Eagle 380X Explorer

Length: 12′ 6″ (380 cm) Width: 39” (99 cm) Weight: 40 lb (18 kg) Capacity: 750 lb (340 kg)

How about a kayak that can carry 3 people or 750 lb, is tough as nails and suitable for up to Class IV white water, yet only weighs 40 lb and fits into a trunk? Meet Sea Eagle 380X.

This inflatable kayak is made from 1100D reinforced PVC and can take a beating. In fact, Sea Eagle recorded a video where they dropped cinder blocks on it and even ran it over with a Jeep!

Air chambers of Sea Eagle 380X kayak

The Sea Eagle 380X has three separate air chambers for extra safety, a drop-stitched floor, self-bailing scupper holes that can be closed for a drier ride in calm waters. A removable skeg on the bottom improves tracking.

The kayak is incredibly versatile and comes in a number of different configurations , including a solo version, a 2-person version with either inflatable or padded high-back seats, a rowing package, a motorized configuration , and even one with a sail! There’s literally no limit to what you can do with your Sea Eagle 380X Explorer.

Sea Eagle 380x is a tough tandem kayak which can endure the most challenging water conditions. Whether you need a recreational boat to explore your local lake, or want a white water river runner for tandem trips, the 380x gets you there. This kayak is easy to transport, store and inflate.

  • Very durable design
  • Versatile tandem kayak
  • Well designed seating and storage features
  • Drainage can struggle on really wet rivers
  • High sides can be difficult to reach over

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible – Best of the Rest

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible

Length: 15’ (457.2 cm) Width: 32″ (81.3 cm) Weight: 52 lb (23.5 kg) Capacity: 550 lb (249 kg)

Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible is a 15-foot day touring/expedition tandem kayak that offers excellent performance and great versatility.

Just like the solo version of the AdvancedFrame, the Convertible combines an inflatable hull with aluminum ribs that form a sharp keel on the bow and the stern, improving speed and tracking. The ribs are pre-installed so there’s no assembly required.

Bow of Advanced Elements AdvancedFrame Convertible kayak

The AdvancedFrame Convertible can be paddled as a tandem or solo. It also converts from an open-cockpit to a closed-cockpit kayak in a matter of seconds with optional single or double decks. Both decks offer D-rings and bungees for storage, while the single deck also has a rear cargo hatch.

The AdvancedFrame Convertible can be used with two optional accessories for the floor. One is an aluminum keel beam called the BackBone. It goes under the inflatable floor and creates a V-shaped bottom to improve speed and tracking. The other is a drop-stitch floor that is placed over the regular floor. When inflated, it creates a very rigid form, which gives the kayak extra stability. You can use one or the other but not both at the same time.

AdvancedFrame Convertible is a two person kayak, designed to be a recreational day tourer. It is really stable, without being difficult to paddle. The internal aluminium ribs in the AdvancedFrame series give this boat the rigidity and response of a traditional, closed cockpit kayak.

  • Rigid and responsive
  • Additional top deck covers to turn the kayak to a closed top boat
  • Stable and comfortable kayak
  • Really heavy inflatable off the water

Vibe Skipjack 120 Tandem

Vibe Skipjack 120 Tandem

Length: 12’ (365 cm) Width: 34.5” (88 cm) Weight: 72 lb (33 kg) Capacity: 500 lb (227 kg)

The two-person version of the ever-popular Skipjack, this kayak retains all the ease of the solo boat and is a perfect recreational kayak for the occasional anglers. The shorter waterline with bow and stern rocker makes this boat really maneuverable and perfect for exploring lakes and slow-moving rivers, as well as some small surf too. 

The Skipjack Tandem is a very comfortable, supportive option for long days out on the water, with ergonomically designed seat backs and cushions. It is also relatively easy to move around off the water thanks to the four molded carrying handles. 

Vibe Skipjack 120 Tandem

In terms of fishing prowess, the Skipjack keeps it relatively basic. Two rod holders are located behind the rear paddler, while there are also two mounting points for rectangular base accessories and a selection of paddle stowing options. For storage, there are small bungee areas front and rear. There are also two small hatches, one for each paddler. 

The Skipjack really is a recreational dream, but if you want to get into some proper tandem fishing, the Yellowfin Tandem might be more suited to you. See this and other Vibe kayaks reviewed here .

Sea Eagle 370

Sea Eagle 370

Length: 12’ 6” (381 cm) Width: 34″ (86.4 cm) Weight: 33 lb (15 kg) Capacity: 650 lb (295 kg)

Sea Eagle 370 is marketed as a 3-person kayak. In reality, it offers enough space for 2 adults to sit comfortably.

The 370 model is made from the same K80 PVC (Polykrylar) material as the shorter Sea Eagle 330 and also features three separate inflatable chambers. The 5-tube I-beam floor has two skegs that help the kayak track better. This kayak is NMMA certified .

Sea Eagle 370 kayak

The kayak comes in several configurations, including the Pro package with better inflatable seats and two paddles , the Solo Fishing package with one seat and a multi-purpose storage box, and even a QuikSail package with a small sail.

Sea Eagle 370’s larger interior and extra capacity make it possible to load the boat with gear. However, for longer touring or camping trips, we would recommend looking at models made from reinforced, multi-layer PVC material with better protection against abrasion and punctures.

If you are tight on storage space, the lightweight Sea Eagle 370 can fit in even the smallest car trunk. Besides the storage, its key benefits are increased load capacity and all the stability you would expect from an inflatable 3-person kayak.

  • Really stable and easy to launch
  • Easy to transport and store
  • Durable design
  • High sides make it hard to paddle efficiently
  • Can get caught by the wind

How We Picked The Best Tandem Kayak: Things to Consider

A couple paddles their tandem plastic kayak in the sunlight

According to the BoatUS Foundation , participation in paddle sports is one of the fastest growing recreational activities in the United States. What’s more, kayaking ranks as number one among those!

With so many new people getting into the sport, it’s important to help them choose the right kayak for their needs .

As with choosing any type of kayak, you need to start with the one question which then guides the rest of your decisions. Where, and how, do you want to use your tandem kayak?

Sit-on-top vs Closed Cockpit

Are you looking for a kayak for paddling around on secluded lakes, basking in the sunshine? Or perhaps you’re looking for a fishing platform for two. A sit-on-top kayak is often the perfect choice for a tandem kayak, they give you plenty of space to move around, get comfortable and they tend to be the most adaptable boats. 

But there are times when a closed cockpit is the answer. If you’re looking to take on long journeys through waves, down frothing torrents of white water, or in cold climates , then a closed cockpit will protect you from the elements.  

Length of Double Kayaks

Now obviously a two-person kayak is going to be considerably longer than a solo boat, but they still come in a variety of lengths.

A longer two-person kayak will usually carry more speed through the water than a shorter one. The shorter option, though, is usually far better at making tight twists and turns. 

If you’re hoping to cover long distances on the water, a longer kayak will help you get there with much less effort. These longer kayaks are also usually far better at tracking through the wind, which means you won’t be pushed around quite as much as you can be in shorter boats. 

A wide, short tandem kayak however is perfect for rivers and for bodies of water where you need to twist and turn or weave between rocks. 

Length and width are two of the key features which dictate how stable a kayak is . A wide kayak is usually a stable kayak, and many recreational and fishing two-man kayaks are far wider than their solo counterparts, to make up for the movement of two people.

Hull shape, too, will affect how stable your double kayak is, as well as how fast it goes. 

Without getting too technical here, a wide, flat hull, as you find on most sit-on-top kayaks, is usually the best in terms of initial stability. 

A rounded hull is usually less stable, but it can be more appropriate for tight turns and rivers.

A V-shaped hull offers less initial stability but may provide more secondary stability. It is also perfect for slicing through the water on long journeys and carrying maximum speed.

There are balances to be found on all of these, so weigh up what you need most.

If you want to get a bit more technical with types of stability, check out our Kayak Anatomy piece from our Learning Center .

A couple paddles their tandem plastic kayak

Kayak outfitting will affect the level of control you have over your boat. Thigh straps, a backrest, and footrests will all allow you to drive the kayak more effectively, and give you more connection, meaning it is easier to turn the kayak. This is especially useful in rough conditions or strong currents. 

However, outfitting is also important when we choose our kayak because it will allow us to be comfortable in our kayak on long days out on the water. 

A supportive seat, or two supportive seats in this case, as well as footrests to hold you into those seats, are the minimum standard you want to look for. Supportive doesn’t necessarily mean the most engineered, or most expensive seat. Some seats are molded into the plastic design of the boat and can be perfect for shorter trips or for family splash-arounds.

Think about how long you want to spend on the water, whether you prioritize connection and control, or comfort, and select your seating from there.

From the rear position of a two-seater kayak, it’s unlikely you’re going to struggle for legroom, though some closed cockpit designs are worth a test.

In the front seat, however, it can be a different story. Some bow designs taper off quickly to a point and can limit the amount of room you have for your legs. 

Reviews of kayaks , or testing the boat can be essential, especially if you’re planning on putting two large adults into one kayak.

A couple paddles an inflatable grey-orange kayak

How heavy are you? How heavy are your potential paddling partners? 

What about all your gear, your dog, your lunch, and your clothing? 

You don’t want to buy a kayak only to find that once you’ve loaded everything into it, it sits way too low in the water. 

Every boat has a maximum capacity , and many have a minimum, too. For best performance, it is recommended not to exceed 70% of the maximum capacity, even with all your stuff!

Storage Space

Along the same lines as capacity, how much room is there for all of your gear?

If you’re in a closed-cockpit tandem, is there internal storage for overnight equipment, or for the technical gear you need for fishing or river kayaking? Can this be accessed easily and safely? Is it secure if you have an out-of-boat experience?

In a sit-on-top two-seater, how much gear can you fit? Is there bungee or recesses to secure your gear and make sure it doesn’t blow away or fall overboard?

This question goes back to the first point; what do you need your kayak for?

There are discipline-specific tandems, in the same way as there are solo kayaks, and they will come with a setup that is perfect for the sport.

Solo Configuration: Can you Paddle a Double Kayak Alone?

Are all your kayaking buddies busy, but you still want to take to the water? Not to worry, a lot of double kayaks don’t require two people to paddle them. There’s a couple of options here. Many of them can be paddled from the rear seat without too much difficulty. You may just have to put a bit of weight up front to account for the missing person if it’s windy. 

Many two-man sit-on-top kayaks are easy to adapt to fit just one person. With an extra seating position in the center of the kayak, you can just pop out the two seats and fit one of them back into the middle, giving you optimum solo control of the kayak. 

Two-person kayak? Or three people?

That central position often comes with an optional child seat, perfect for taking your little one out on the water. This means you can have family adventures without feeling cramped or confined. Don’t forget about a proper PFD for your kid .

Rudder and/or Skeg

Yellow and blue kayaks lie on the pebble beach

These longer, often wider kayaks can be really difficult to turn, especially in enclosed spaces. 

Not only are they enormous, but it takes coordinating two people into the turn, especially difficult if you’re planning on using more advanced kayaking techniques such as edging .

Many double kayaks come with rudder systems , controlled by the stern paddler. These can save hundreds of arguments while out on the water and really help you get to where you want to go.

Tandem Kayaks FAQ

Two-person kayaks are often designed with stability in mind, but they come in a range of models just like solo kayaks. If stability is important to you, try looking for kayaks with wide, flat hull designs which have a large capacity.

On its own, a tandem kayak will go no faster than a solo kayak; it’s all about who is in them. They can be faster, but remember, it’s double the propulsion, but there’s a lot more kayak to propel! If you prioritize speed, try finding a sleek, longer, and narrower double kayak. A V-shaped hull can also help your tracking, minimizing drift, and maximizing efficiency.

Yes, with varying degrees of success. Many tandem kayaks can be paddled from the stern seat, but this can make them harder to control in wind and waves. Others have an extra seating position and moveable seats, which means you can position yourself in the middle of the boat for maximum control. Remember, these kayaks are designed to be paddled by two people and may be harder to control with just one paddler, especially in the wind where you’re likely to sit quite high out of the water.

Usually, it’s easier if the heavier paddler sits in the rear of the kayak. This means the bow will ride slightly higher and give you a smoother, dryer ride. It also means the bow will not dive and grip the water, which can spin and even tip a kayak.

Tandem kayaks are bigger and therefore heavier, so they can be harder to move around. However, there’s likely to always be two of you to lift these kayaks onto your car or trailer, as well as to get to the water. Remember to consider the length and weight of the kayak and make sure your car can support it before you place it on the roof. If you have a short vehicle and the roof rack is close together, it can warp the kayak.

Every kayak is perfect in the right situation. Two-person kayaks can be easy to paddle, really accessible, and save having to have two kayaks to move around. They’re also great for families and to assist people with mobility issues to get kayaking. Solo kayaks come with their own sense of freedom and can be more maneuverable and sometimes more sociable, but this all depends on the situation. Think about what you value from a kayak and from being on the water, and decide what best suits your needs.

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Kayak Sails | 9 Ways to Catch The Wind in 2023

  • by Chris Klenner
  • March 2, 2021 January 16, 2023

Sailing In Lofoten

Yearghhhh me Maties! So yer keen on sailing the low seas arrre yargh? Well then you’ve come to the right place.

Paddlers have long sought means to stop paddling. In fact the paddle is one of the most regretted inventions in all of human history. Sure it gets you across the water but ugh! It didn’t take long for our ancestors to figure out that using the wind was a helluva lot easier than rowing. Just like ancient mariners modern kayakers have long searched for easier methods to move across the water with less effort.

That search has yielded some awesome innovations. Carbon fiber hydrodynamic paddles, pedal driven propulsion systems, and high-tech electric motors are some of the biggest game-changers introduced to personal watercraft in the last thirty years. While these advancements are great they still come at a cost of extra weight, energy, and cash. Wind is powerful, plentiful, and free (on good days) and so continues to inspire would be mariners to try their hand at sailing.

Before we go any further you should note that sailing a kayak isn’t an easy undertaking. Ready to go kayak sails aren’t cheap and installing a kayak sailing kit takes some fairly serious DIY skills. Still, if you’re committed to jibbing and tacking like the scurvy jack-tar yer argh then read on below to learn more about the best kayak sails options available today.

Downwind Sails

Downwnd kayak sails can jibe all day, but they got no tack. These kayak sails are good for going one direction only; whereas a true sail kit can sail make headway into the wind. Downwind kayak sails are typically inexpensive, easy to install, and less of a hassle than a true kayak sail kit. The downside is that you’ll still have to paddle at least half the trip.

Advanced Elements Sailkit

kayak tandem sailboat

True kayak sailing kits are awesome for long voyages in high winds. But it takes extra time to set up, breakdown, and man underway. If you’re looking for a more casual kayak sail option to save a paddle back then a downwind kayak sail is pretty affordable. These kayak sails offer paddlers a quick and easy way to capture the power of the wind without serious modifications. On a windy day these sails can save you from paddling at least half the trip.

One of the better downwind kayak sails is the Advanced Elements Sailkit . An internal aluminum spring frame enables rapid deployment, similar to expanding car windshield visors. Two opposing lanyards can be tied down to cleats near the cockpit. While an aft facing carabiner hooks to a bow-mounted d ring to help the sail keep it’s shape, and from flying off the boat. Three translucent panels provide visibility with the sail up. The kayak sail folds up into a small bag that can easily fit under your seat or in a bag.

kayak tandem sailboat

Sea Eagle QuikSail

Sea Eagle QuickSail

The Sea Eagle QuikSail is a universal rapid-deploy sail kit specially designed for inflatable kayaks. Two four foot aluminum poles criss-cross and wedge into the space between an inflatable kayak’s side pontoons and floor. Unfolded the total sail area measures 14 square feet which can push along your air-filled yak along at 7 knots (~8.5 mph), which is really zipping. After the wind dies down the Quiksail quickly folds up to store fore and aft deckside along the pontoon. At just 2 lbs this is an extremely lightweight accessory that won’t bite into your gear quota.

It should be noted that the QuikSail is a niche product designed for experienced paddlers running a specific inflatable setup. This sail works best with your feet braced against the base of the poles; so you need to be low in boat with an inflatable or padded kayak seat. At the same time you’ll also need to steer using your paddle. Finally it’s incredibly helpful, almost necessary, to have mid-ship d-rings to attach sail supporting lanyards.

If you’re running a rig that meets these criteria than the Sea Eagle QuikSail is an excellent choice. At $150 it’s a tad on the expensive side. But it’s easily justified thanks to its high speed and quality construction. We guarantee your arms will be thanking you when you catch a free ride back to port.

If you’ve seen any of the “People Are Awesome” video compilations on YouTube then you’re probably familiar with parafoil and hydrafoil kites. These kites are designed to provide sufficient lift to pull kiteboarders along the water. On occasion adventurous paddlers have decided to try their hand at pulling a yak with line and kite; to varying degrees of efficacy.

There are several issues present in kitesailing a kayak. Foremost it’s only good for going downwind; so it can be useful for a quick ride back if you started upwind. The larger issue is control. Successfully keeping your bow and kite pointed in the same direction takes masterful coordination and skill. Lose control for a second and you could quickly end up in the drink.

Finally kite’s have the annoying proclivity to tangle up in fishing lines quite easily. And not every model is re-launchable from the water; so if you crash a kite then you’re SOL. Prepare to spend the next hour reeling in and packing all that kite line floating on the water.

Overall we don’t recommend kite sailing for kayak anglers; it’s simply not worth the effort. Touring paddlers will fare better; but it’s still a challenging endeavor that’s going to take a lot of practice. If you’re truly committed to giving it a shot then check out the Mentor below.

Prism Mentor 3.5

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The Prism Mentor 3.5m Trainer is a power kite; and as such will take considerable skill to control effectively. Trainer kites are great for kayaks because they’re much more forgiving than intermediate and advanced type models. It’s still strong enough to drag you off your feet. But it won’t send you flying thirty feet up in the air.

The Prism Mentor comes with everything you need to fly. It packs neatly into a small bag which is perfect for keeping in a crate or hull bin. Most importantly the Mentor floats and is water launchable. Just tug on the center line to right it and pull back to re-launch. The Mentor is available in 3.5 square meter (37.5 square feet) and 2.5 square meter variant.

This kite is a serious piece of equipment. And it’s a steep barrier to entry for something that may not work great on your boat. If you want a proxy to test first consider buying an acrobatic kite and play around with it on land. You’ll get a sense of how difficult incorporating a kayak kite will be without the full investment.

True Kayak Sail Kits

Unlike downwind kayak sails the following sail packages are trans-formative kits that can serve as a true alternative to paddling. We define True Sail Kits as ones that have the ability to sail against the wind – also known as tacking. These kits all require a bit more pocket change and a fair degree of skill to use properly.

It’s also worth noting that these kits can require some serious modifications to your boat. So be prepared to drill some holes. Also as sails radically change your kayaks balance you may want to consider adding some extra stability with either leeboards or outriggers. These may be essential depending on your setup.

If you’re going to talk about sailing kayaks then you’ve got to talk about Hobie. Hobie was known for making some of the best personal sailcraft in the business before they had a reputation for high-end pedal drives. Decades of experience and innovation have positioned Hobie as one of the premier brands for fishing kayaks They’re also the only mass-producer of sailing kayaks.

Mirage Adventure Island

Hobie Adventure Island 2021

The Hobie Mirage Adventure Island, and its sister tandem version, are the only out of the box sailing kayaks currently available. Hobie also offers smaller sized catamarans like the iconic Hobie 16 or the rotomolded Wave, but these aren’t exactly kayaks (strictly speaking).

The Mirage Island is a beast of a boat. Weighing in at close to 200 lbs and comes standard with a 6m sail on a 5m mast. Twin amas keep everything upright and the integrated mirage pedal drive won’t leave you stranded on a breezeless day. When the wind is whippin’ though the Adventure Island is capable of topping out around 12 knots; which is hauling for a wind-driven vessel. If you’re front running a storm in the adventure island then hold on, because you’re in for a ride.

The Mirage Adventure Island comes with everything you need to start sailing on day one. It’s not cheap. The solo version retails for $5,299. And the tandem previously held the record as the most expensive kayak available at $7,499. That might seem expensive, but when you consider the upfront and operating costs of even a small 15-20′ sailboat the Adventure Island is much more attractive.

Hobie Mirage Sail Kit

Hobie Mirage Sail Kit

Current Hobie owners can easily add wind power to their kayak with the addition of the Hobie Sail Kit . This ~2 square meter sail mounts on a 2 piece aluminum mast that stands 10′ tall off the deck. The upper portion is made of durable dacron fabric while the lower half is composed of translucent mylar so you can still see where you’re headed. We highly recommend grabbing the furling kit along with the sail so you can roll up the sail in a jiffy. This feature is hugely important if you have any intention of staying still at some point during your voyage.

This kayak sail works so well in part because of its high quality construction, but also due to its seamless integration with Hobie Kayaks. The mast seats in a built in accessory port on compatible models. The mirage pedal drive improves tracking while the rudder can be controlled with one hand, leaving the other free to manage the sheet (i.e. sail rope).

Paired with a mirage pedal drive the Hobie Mirage kayaksail kit offers adventurous paddlers a means to cover large areas of water and then finely tune their position. If you’re a current Hobie owner seeking more adventure in your outings then the Hobie Sail Kit is your best bet. Sure it’s not cheap, but this is one upgrade definitely worth the sheckles.

Balough Sail Design

BSD Sails

There are few kayak sailing kit manufacturers better known than Balough Sail Design (BSD). They’ve earned a reputation for producing some of the best and most complete kayak sailing kits in the industry. These aren’t downwind do-hickeys, but full blown sail-kits that can tack and jibe into the wind like larger sail craft. BSD has a diverse product line that caters to canoes, long haul trekkers, and even foldable kayaks. One of their most popular kayak sail kits for hardshells is the Batwing.

The BSD Batwing features a hangglider inspired airfoil that’s perfect for small and narrow craft. Full tapered fiberglass battens prevent flogging and the proprietary “Zippy Reefer” system makes reefing the spinnaker effortless. The sail and mast are mounted to the hull and attached to the Balough Outrigger Stabilizer System (BOSS) for stability. The BOSS is a fine-tuned outrigger system that connects the main sail to dual hydrodynamic amas via aluminum tubes and hardware. These amas provide extra stability and security during sailing and turning.

Adding a BSD sail kit to your arsenal isn’t a cheap proposition. The 32 sqft BSD Batwing sail with BOSS system and accompanying hardware goes for ~$1,650 which makes it by far the most expensive option on our list. But, it’s still considerably less expensive than picking up an Adventure Island or a small sloop. If you’re a serious kayak sailor and looking to make some serious expeditions then BSD should definitely be on your short list.

Chesapeake Light Craft

CLC Sail Kayak

Bespoke hand-made kayaks are functional works of art that represent the cumulative total of a builders passion, skill, and patience. Watch a few videos of a cedar-strip canoe being built and you’ll quickly realize that it takes a certain type of person to pull off such an ambitious project. If you’re the type who dreams of woodworking and envies scratch built vessels than the Chesapeake Light Craft (CLC) sail kit might be for you.

CLC caters to both amateur and professional boat-builders and is an invaluable resource for any paddler undertaking a DIY kayaking project. Their kayak sail kit is one of the biggest, powerful, and comprehensive options available for radically transforming your kayak or canoe. After you’ve finished installing this kit your vessel will be well equipped for long-trek journeys and expeditions.

The kit comes with CNC cut parts and hardware to add two amas for extra stability and a sail between 45 and 70 square feet. The 70 sqft sail is a behemoth that requires strategic reinforcement to accommodate a 15’+ mast. CLC kits are highly customizable and labor intensive – it’s nowhere near a “plug and play” solution for kayak sailing, and that’s Ok – these kits are made for paddlers seeking peak performance and aesthetics. Check out CLC to drool over some of the best looking sailing kayaks you’ll ever see. They’re also a great resource for hard to find sailing hardware and DIY boat plans.

Falcon Kayak Sails

Falcon Kayak Sail Kit

The folks behind Falcon Kayak Sails have designed one of the most popular kayak sail kits on the market for both amateur and advanced paddlers. The founding partners, based out of Perrysberg, Ohio, were tired of cumbersome and oversized sails commercially available. So they decided to make it better and fine tuned it on the windy waters of Lake Eerie. The result is an incredibly strong, lightweight, and compact sail that strikes a fine balance between full blown sail conversion and downwind runner.

The Falcon sail is available in two sizes (1m 2 and 1.4m 2 ) and weighs a mere 4 lbs along with rigging and hardware. This incredibly light weight is accomplished through the use of a carbon fiber mast and boom and durable plastic connectors. Sailcloth is made from Dacron, a proprietary fabric from Dupont that’s closely resembles polyester (PET) in composition. PET sails benefit from less stretch, greater UV resistance, and drys very quickly.

Most impressively the Falcon sail assembles and disassembles in less than 30 seconds. Sails can be customized in a myriad of colors at no extra charge. Falcon Sails also quality assurance by double checking hardware compatibility with your specific kayak model. The all in price for the 1m2 kit is just $625 which is extremely reasonable. Whether your sailing from South America to Miami , or just going out for a quick tour, the Falcon Sail is a excellent option.

Flat Earth Kayak Sails

Flat Earth Kayak Sails

Kayak Sails aren’t the sole providence of paddlers in the Northern Hemisphere. Our friends down under have learned a thing or two paddling the Tasmanian Sea. The fine folks at Flat Earth Kayaks have fine-tuned their kayak sail kits through extensive testing in the wild waters off New South Wales. The result is a robust and capable kayak sail system well suited for ocean bound paddlers.

Currently Flat Earth Kayaks (FEK) offers two different models for touring style kayaks; the Footloose 80 and three different sizes of their trademark Tradwind Sail. These junk-rig style sails are well suited for small watercraft because they can take a beating and are easily controlled. A single line provides simple control capable of big tacks and precise adjustments. A bespoke flexible mast mount and custom mounting hardware, along with detailed instructions, make installation and operation accessible for even the greenest yakker.

FEK sail kits are attractive for ocean kayakers especially because of their consistent iterative improvement and attractive pricepoint. Most kits are sub-$600 for for sail and hardware while providing the same strength and durability of kits twice the price. If you’re constantly in the salt and looking for a proper sail rig than don’t pass up a chance to check out Flat Earth Kayaks.

Pacific Action Sails

Pacific Action Sail

Crab Claw sails are aptly named for their distinctive shape. They’ve been a mainstay in Austronesian sailing for centuries. These sails have historically been favored for moving both large/slower barge like vessels as well as more nimble outrigger canoes and proas. This sail design is one of the most efficient simple designs (excluding modern spinnakers) and has long been favored for its ease of use and construction.

Pacific Action sails has brought the crab claw design into the modern kayaking era with their sail kit. With a dual spar design and no fixed mast the PA sail quickly deploys and retracts with just one line. Out of the wind the twin spars group together and can be secured to the side of the gunwale. The absence of a fixed mast provides another distinct advantage with regards to installation. Rather than mounting into the top deck the kit can be installed with tensioning straps that hug the hull – which means you don’t have to put any holes in your boat.

PA offers sail kits in 1, 1.5, and 2.2 sqm sizes that range from $380 to $470 AUD. These kits are especially well suited to sit on top style kayaks thanks to their reliance on pre-existing tie downs and hull-hugging mount. Owners of Stealth, Viking, and Ocean kayaks should have the PA sail kit at the top of their list for low effort, max yield sails.

Overview on The Best Kayak Sails

Whether you’re a part time paddler or an expedition angler a kayak sail can add an extra dimension to your outings. Catching the wind offers an eco-friendly way to boost your range and keep your arms fresh. The wind might not be as reliable as a small outboard or an electric motor. But by sailing you’re taking part in a human tradition dating back to the beginnings of civilization. And it gives you a great excuse to talk like a pirate. Share your sailing kayak photos with us and stay safe out there yer scurvy buccaneers!

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The Ultimate Guide to Kayak Sails

April 10, 2023 11 min read

Guide to Kayak Sails

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If you already own a kayak , then you’ll know just how fun, peaceful, and enjoyable paddling can be. But, with that being said, there are times in every paddler's journey when you wish someone would just take over and do all the hard work for you. And sadly, you can’t just teleport your paddle-loving friend into your ‘yak with you, but what you can do is add a kayak sail. 

Kayak sails are an excellent piece of paddling gear as they allow you to harness the power of the wind and propel your kayak through the water at faster speeds. Traditional sailing boats and kayaks use their sails in the same way and allow you to sit back, relax, and take in the beauty of the water around you without having to tire yourself out in the process.

If adding a kayak sail to your boat sounds as heavenly to you as it does to us, then you’ll want to keep on reading as we’re providing you with the ultimate guide to kayak sails. We’re going to cover their advantages, how to choose the right sail for your kayak, and even how to maintain your sail to keep it in peak condition for years to come. 

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Advantages of Using a Kayak Sail

Kayak sail designs, kayak sail materials, choosing the right kayak sail, how to attach a kayak sail to your kayak, kayak sailing tips, sail maintenance.

White wooden wood boat with a sail

If you’re on the fence about purchasing a kayak sail, then we feel it is important that you know all of the advantages that this handy piece of kit can give you. 

The first advantage, and of course one of our favorites, is the fact that a kayak sail will amplify the fun of kayaking tenfold. If you’ve been a dedicated paddler for a while, then there is nothing better than switching things up once in a while, and what better way to do that than by harnessing the wind and slicing your way through the water? 

With a kayak sail, you’ll get to enjoy your kayak from a different perspective, and you’ll find that you can travel faster, cover more distances, and enjoy sights that you may not have witnessed if you were to paddle traditionally.

Many kayaker sailors who transform their kayak into a sailing kayak will agree that one of the biggest benefits of a sail is the speed it brings you. If you are a competent paddler, then you’ll be able to reach fairly fast speeds with just your paddle in hand, however, you’ll get fatigued very quickly, and that speed, although impressive, has nothing on the speed you’ll reach with a sail.

Whether you want to get back to land in a hurry or if you want to cover vast distances in one outing, the speed that a kayak sail can reach will help you do that, especially if the wind is on your side.

A kayak sail eliminates the need for paddling and allows kayak sailors to sit back, relax, and watch the world go by. Sometimes you just need a break in nature, and if you truly want to enjoy your surroundings without having to worry about coordinating your strokes and powering your kayak, then a sail is just the thing you need. 

What many people don’t understand is the amount of energy it takes to paddle a kayak. You see, an hour of kayak paddling burns almost as many calories as you would surfing , swimming, or even at a spin class. And with a sail, if you reach the point of exhaustion, you can simply prop up your kayak sail, let your good old trusty friend the wind take over, and get to where you want to be with little to no effort from you. 

We’ve gone into depth about the calories you burn kayaking, along with whether the sport is a good workout over on How Many Calories Do You Burn Kayaking? Spoiler alert: It’s a lot, and kayaking is an excellent low-impact option for those who want to get their body moving and their heart rate elevated.

Kayak Fishing

A kayak sail is an alternative to a pedal drive fishing kayak that allows you to power your ‘yak by the use of your legs. Kayak sails allow anglers to fish and move through the water at the same time, and unlike pedal kayaks and paddles, a kayak sail is extremely quiet and eliminates splashing sounds that could scare away your potential catch. 

Many kayak anglers also enjoy the fact that you can troll through the water as the sail allows the kayak to continue moving while the bait hook is dragged behind the kayak.

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Now that we’ve covered the advantages of kayak sails let’s delve into the different kayak sail designs so you can better understand which one would suit you and the wind conditions that you frequently paddle in. 

Downwind Sail

The first sail option is a downwind sail that is also referred to as a v-shaped sail. Downwind sails take the shape of a V, with the largest section of the sail area at the top and the smallest at the bottom. These sails are normally attached to the front of the kayak, and they allow the kayak to travel at considerable speeds when heading downwind. 

Due to the downwind sails top-heavy design, however, they aren’t the best choice for small or lightweight vessels that plan to paddle in strong winds as they could very well tip the kayak over. And if you hadn’t already guessed, one of the biggest downfalls of a downwind sail is the fact that they’re fairly useless if your chosen destination is in the direction the wind is coming from. 

Circle Shape Sails

A circle sail is one of the most common and most used kayak sails as they are ideal for beginners , and they’re fairly straightforward to use. This type of sail mounts to the bow or the center of the kayak and features a viewing window so you can see where you’re going, and similar to a downwind sail, it can only travel in downwind directions. 

A circular sail, however, is easy to collapse and set up in a matter of seconds, making them extremely straightforward to store and assemble on your kayak. 

L-Shape Sails

The most technical and difficult to use kayak sail is an L-shape sail which works in a similar way to sailing on a traditional sailing boat. L-shape sails are hoisted on a fitted center mast and can be maneuvered to transport the kayak in any wind direction. 

If you have some sailing skills under your belt, then an L-shape sail makes a fantastic downwind and upwind sail, but if you’re a complete beginner, we suggest sticking to a circular sail and working your way up from there.

As well as coming in different shapes, kayak sails also come in different materials, which factor into their price and quality.

  • Plastic sails are durable, flexible, and incredibly lightweight, which makes them extremely efficient out on the water. They aren’t, however, as long-lasting as cloth sails.
  • Laminated cloth sails last longer than plastic sails, but a cloth sail will be heavier and less efficient. 
  • Plastic masts may come with a plastic sail, and although they will cut back on costs, they will lack strength and durability. 
  • Aluminum masts are far more durable, however, if you usually paddle sea kayaks, the salt water will eventually corrode the mast over time. 
  • Carbon fiber masts make up some of the best kayak sails, as carbon fiber is extremely strong, rust-resistant, and corrosion-resistant. If you’re a big fan of sea kayaking, then opt for a carbon fiber mast sail to prevent having to replace it in a year or two. 

Blue and white sail attach to a white kayak

The best kayak sail will vary from paddler to paddler as there are numerous factors that go into deciding which one is the best fit. You’ll need to consider the materials, your level of experience, and whether you’ll be paddling downwind or upwind. 

For example, if you’re new to kayak sailing and you often paddle in the ocean downwind, then a plastic circular or v-shaped sail with a carbon fiber mast should be your top choice. The plastic sail will be lightweight and efficient, the carbon fiber mast won’t corrode in salt water, and the circular or v-shape sail design is perfect for beginner paddlers who plan to sail downwind. 

If you’re an experienced sailor who wants to travel upwind in the ocean, let’s say, then a plastic L-shaped sail with a carbon fiber mast will be durable and suitable for heading both downwind and upwind.

When you purchase a kayak sail, it should come with all the necessary hardware and instructions that you’d for installation. But, if you happen to buy one second-hand, for example, the instructions may not be available. Below are some simple instructions for installing an L-shape kayak sail. 

  • Step one : Attach the sail mast to your kayak by threading it through a hole or on a mount on the deck of your boat. Secure it in place with straps or bolts. 
  • Step two : Install the boom (the horizontal beam that holds the bottom of your sail in place) with hooks or clamps.
  • Step three : Fasten the sail by threading a rope through the bottom of the sail and tying it to the boom. You may also need to attach the top of the sail to the mast, but this will depend on the type of sail you purchase. 

Circular kayak sails easily attach to bungee areas, or you can install cleats on either side of the kayak seat . Again, this will depend on the type of circular sail you purchase. And V-shape sails usually come with a strap that wraps around the front end of the kayak, and once you’ve finished that step, you can secure it in place by attaching the sail ropes to bungee areas or d-rings. 

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If you’re new to kayak sailing, then keep these following tips in mind, as they may make all the difference once you’re out on the water. 

Leash Your Paddle

When your kayak paddle is not in use, we highly recommend leashing it to prevent it from falling in the water and floating away from you. Granted, it isn't the end of the world if this happens, but if you want to prevent having to jump in the water to retrieve it, you should add a paddle leash . 

Add a Rudder

A kayak sail takes away the ability to change direction with paddle strokes , as traditionally, you would perform a sweep stroke to correct the direction in which your kayak is traveling in. If you want to be hands-free while moving through the water with your kayak sail, add a rudder to the back of your kayak. A rudder will allow you to decide which direction you want your kayak to go in by the use of a hand dial that you can place on the left or right side of the kayak seat. 

Wear a Life Jacket

Whether you’re paddling the old-fashioned way or with your fancy new sail, it is crucial that you wear a life jacket. Getting carried away and heading out too far happens, especially with kayak sails, and if you’re unfortunate enough to get into an accident, then a life jacket could quite literally save your life.

Check out our best Kayak Life Jacket  reviews for GILI’s top life jacket picks, or if you feel like a standard life jacket is too bulky or restricting, then we’ve also covered 8 Belt Life Jackets to give you more freedom while paddling. 

Check the Weather Before Heading Out

You may initially think that the more wind, the better for kayak sailing, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. If there is too much wind, for example, your kayak could be dragged off course or even completely tipped over. Each and every kayak sail will have a knots rating that it is suitable for, and it’s important that you don’t exceed this wind limit. 

Before you head out on the water, check the weather forecast and ensure that the wind won’t be too strong and unmanageable. 

Always Tell Someone Where You Are Going

If you’re heading out kayak sailing alone, then it’s recommended to inform someone where you’re going and how long you’ll be gone for. If you do get into an accident and you’re already late home, your friend or family member will know exactly where to send a rescue party.

Kayak with a sail docked at the beach

As with the remainder of your kayaking gear , there are a few important steps to take in order to keep your kayak sail in pristine condition for, hopefully, years to come.

Clean Your Kayak Sail

The first step is to clean your sail after every use, especially if you’ve used it in the ocean. Rinse the sail down with clean water, and use a gentle soap with a sponge or cloth to wash away any salt or debris which could cause damage to the materials and hardware over time. 

Inspect All Fittings Regularly

Inspect all fittings on your kayak sail regularly and look out for any cracks or loose bolts. We suggest addressing any issues promptly as you don’t want to cause damage to the sail or have it break on you when you’re far away from shore.

Store It When Not in Use

To avoid exposure to the elements, store your kayak sail in a well-ventilated dry area like a garage or a shed. Ideally, you want to keep all your kayaking gear together and away from any objects that could potentially rip or tear the sail. 

Kayak sails vary in size depending on the type of sail you choose. The smallest of the bunch is V-shaped sails or circular sails, and L-shaped sails are slightly bigger. 

If you only have a small and lightweight kayak, then you’re better off opting for the smallest kayak sail you can find. If your kayak sail is too big, you could run the risk of tipping over into the water or being dragged out by the wind. And alternatively, if you have a larger and heavier kayak, then a bigger kayak sail will be more efficient and powerful. 

The best type of kayak sail will come down to your sailing experience and the waters in which you’ll be paddling. If you’re fairly experienced when it comes to sailing, then an L-shaped sail with a carbon fiber mast is the best of the bunch. L-shaped sails can work in both downwind and upwind conditions, and if they do come with a carbon fiber mast, they will be incredibly durable and lightweight. 

If you’re a beginner paddler , on the other hand, then a V-shaped or circular sail would be more manageable. These sails don’t require any expert knowledge making them easy to use out on the water. 

Yes, kayak sails do really work, and they’re a fantastic addition to your kayak for numerous reasons. Not only will a kayak sail help you travel faster through the water, but it will also allow you to relax, conserve your energy, and be hands-free at all times. 

You can’t just attach any old sail to a kayak, but you can attach a dedicated kayak sail to a kayak. Kayak sails come in three options: V-shaped, circular, and L-shaped, all of which fix your kayak in different ways.

Circular sails are the easiest to install, and they simply clip onto d-rings or bungees that your kayak may already have. Their ease of use and the fact that you don’t need to go drilling any holes into your kayak is what makes them one of the most popular sail options.

The way a V-shaped sail mounts on your kayak varies from brand to brand, but they often come with mounts that are easily secured onto the deck of your kayak with screws. These types of sails also feature strings that clip onto d-rings or bungees on your kayak’s deck.

L-shaped sails are the most difficult to install and will require a mount on the nose end of your kayak. With that being said, all kayak sail options will come with instructions and don’t require experienced handyman skills to install. 

There are a few kayak sails that stand out from the crowd, such as a Hobie Sail, Falcon Kayak Sails, and Sea Eagle Sails. Some popular choices include:

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  • Sea Eagle Sails - QuikSail Universal Kayak Sail

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Chief Paddler - Jay has been surfing and paddling for over 5 years. When he's not dreaming up new stuff at GILI, he's writing articles about paddling, out paddling, or often traveling.

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DeSantis details alarming find aboard Haitian migrant boat seized off Florida coast

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Friday that state law enforcement had intercepted a vessel coming to the Florida coast carrying dozens of Haitian migrants, as well as firearms, drugs and night vision gear.

"Our Florida Fish and Wildlife offices interdicted a vessel that had 25 illegal immigrants, potential illegal immigrants from Haiti in their boat. In their vessel they had firearms, they had drugs, they had night vision gear and were boating very recklessly, which would potentially endanger other folks," DeSantis said, adding that the interdiction had occurred "recently" in the last few weeks.

"That vessel was interdicted near the Sebastian Inlet and those illegal aliens were turned over to the Coast Guard for deportation," he said.


DeSantis made the announcement at a press conference in which he also signed three pieces of legislation to deter illegal immigration into the Sunshine State.

The Republican governor had earlier this week announced an increase of personnel and aircraft to the Florida coast in light of unrest in Haiti and the potential for an increase in migration via the sea from the conflict-hit country.


The Caribbean nation has seen a significant escalation in violence as gangs have overrun the capital, burning police stations and attacking the main airport. Gangs have also raided some of the largest prisons, releasing thousands of inmates. 


The deployment in Florida includes 48 additional National Guardsmen with four additional helicopters, 39 officers from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, 30 additional Florida Highway Patrol officers with aircraft and drones, and 23 additional officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission with eight additional seacraft, according to DeSantis' office.

He stressed on Friday that this had been going on for a while, and this was an increase in enforcement and not a new operation. He said that from Jan 2023 last week, officials had assisted the Coast Guard with the interdiction of 670 vessels carrying over 13,500 illegal immigrants.

"The message is the last thing you should want to do is get on a boat and think you're going to come through from any of these islands to get to the state of Florida," DeSantis said. "The most likely scenario is you'll be stopped, and you will be returned to your country of origin."


"It's a hazardous journey, it’s not worth doing, and we have the resources to continue to keep the people of Florida safe."

On Tuesday, Rebecca Zimmerman, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Hemispheric Affairs, told lawmakers that the Pentagon is "alert" to the possibility of a mass migration event, but it has also not yet seen large numbers.

"I think you’re right that the driving conditions in Haiti could very well press more people," she told Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla. "We recently approved some additional assistance we could provide to the Coast Guard."

The Department of Homeland Security has also said it is monitoring the situation, but has stressed that migration flows in the Caribbean remain "low." It also warned that those crossing face being turned back to their country of origin.

"U.S. policy is to return noncitizens who do not have a fear of persecution or torture or a legal basis to enter the United States. Those interdicted at sea are subject to immediate repatriation pursuant to our longstanding policy and procedures. The United States returns or repatriates migrants interdicted at sea to The Bahamas, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti," a spokesperson said.

On Friday, DeSantis also signed three pieces of legislation related to immigration. One increased the maximum sentence for people driving without a license. Another enhances penalties for crimes committed by illegal immigrants who return to the country after deportation, while the third bill states that no jurisdiction can recognize IDs that are distributed by other states to illegal immigrants. 

Original article source: DeSantis details alarming find aboard Haitian migrant boat seized off Florida coast

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Friday that state law enforcement intercepted a vessel heading toward Florida carrying migrants, firearms, drugs and more. Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

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  • Collecting your rental car at Moscow Vnukovo Airport isn’t that complicated. You’ll find several local and international car rental suppliers at the airport with an on-site counter. Car rental desks at VKO are on the ground level in the Arrivals section, Terminal A. Once you get to the airport, head straight to your preferred company’s rental desk. You can also visit the rental desks after booking online. Make sure you carry all the requested documents. After processing, a staff member from the rental company will guide you to the pick-up point outside the terminal. Take your time to inspect the car for any dents or damages. Check the fuel level and make sure your maps are working and in your preferred language since most road signs in Moscow are in Russian.
  • The other benefit of getting a car rental at Moscow Vnukovo Airport is that you’ll have a smooth return process. Most rental companies will ask you to return the rental car to the exact location you collected it, or the drop-off point stated in your rental contract. What you should pay attention to is the return period. Make sure you return the car on time to avoid the late return penalty fee. You can inform the company early if you’re facing challenges and can’t return the rental car on time. After dropping off the vehicle, conduct a final inspection to check for damages before heading to your rental counter for clearance.
  • Moscow Vnukovo Airport usually gets busy between March to July when most tourists visit for the summer holidays. During this period, car rental bookings are generally high. You can experience long waits at the car rental counter. The airport also gets busy during weekends, special events, holidays, and major conferences in Moscow. We advise you to book in advance for availability and to save money since rates are comparatively pricey during the peak travel season.
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