The Best Tandem Kayak – Reviews, Brand Rating, Information


We have spent over 40 hours researching and writing to find the best tandem kayak for you. Based on our experience and taking into account the average budget and experience of kayakers, we found the BKC UH tk219 to be the best offer and, with the added benefits of a rod, if you ever decide to practice this sport, it is unbeatable.

Short Curriculum Vitae: Top 14 – Best kayak tandem this year

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Our analyses

The BKC UH TK219 offers the best overall performance of a tandem kayak with a robust design, excellent directional stability and the added benefit of being convertible into a fishing kayak if you want to try this sport.

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  • Length: 13 feet
  • Including: Location

tk219

The BKC UH TK219 was an easy choice when we thought of a good tandem kayak that offers people everything they want in terms of performance, design and price. Of course there were more expensive models with more features and an even better design, but when the time was right, nothing could surpass the price of life.

The Bqq comes with different gutter supports for all your rods. It has a very stable structure that makes it possible to stand upright, even when kayaking. The seats are made of durable plastic for extra comfort, and the storage space includes a grill for your optional equipment. The carrying capacity is more than sufficient.

If you are looking for a tandem kayak, the 12-foot size is standard. And there’s nothing like the UK-TK219 Brooklyn kayaking company on this market. Although it is equipped with two seats and oars, it is the highest seat, allowing it to be adapted for three people. Talk about versatility. With five rod holders you can be sure that all your equipment is securely attached.

There’s no lack of storage space either: you can take all the extra equipment with you on your trip. When fishing you can be sure that the BKC UH-TK219 is extremely stable and very easy to manoeuvre. And when you’re done with your journey, you can go home without any problems – a kayak is just as stable as it is fully loaded. Never been better. Our best tandem kayaks this year.

Excellent tandem kayak at an affordable price

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  • Length: 13 feet
  • Including: Location

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The third tandem kayak on our list is not another BKC, but comes from Vibe Kayaks. It’s a 12-foot version that only weighs 72 pounds. This makes it fairly easy to manoeuvre through obstacles if necessary. However, it is not yet too easy to maintain a certain stability when standing upright and also when fishing. If you buy it, it comes with two luxury seats and two Vibe Kayaks travel paddles. You can take a friend or partner out of the box and into the water.

A potential disadvantage of the Skipjack is that it only has two sunken brackets. It may not be enough, but there is room for expansion.

The four additional attachment points accommodate Scotty, Railblaza or RAM brackets so you can attach more poles to your kayak. Two airtight hatches with cup holders are available for important items. Larger objects, on the other hand, are better stored in the rear cargo compartment and secured with rabbit lines. The kayak does an excellent job, with excellent stability and manoeuvrability. If you want something that does not belong to BKC, this is your best option.

  • The pedal: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.
  • Length: 12 feet
  • Including: Paddle, sit down.

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If you prefer to keep it a bit smaller, you should take a look at the Lifetime Sport Fisher tandem. It comes in just 3 metres, which makes it extremely easy to manoeuvre. This size will not be a problem for you and all your stuff, because the interior is very well organized. You’ll never feel like you’re in a 3-foot kayak unless you have to turn it around. It’s actually designed for three people, so you can be sure it’s comfortable.

The material of choice is high-density polyethylene, which is an essential material for durable but inexpensive kayaks. There are three holders for fishing rods and two blade clamps for the two double-sided blades supplied.

Storage is provided by a 6-inch loading hatch, where you can easily store your equipment. All in all, if a smaller kayak is your strength, it’s a good choice.

Another of the best BKC tandems

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  • Length: 14 feet
  • Including: Sit down, spring.
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tk181

If you like the UH-TK219, but prefer a few extra racks instead of those three, then this is another option for the Brooklyn kayak. Extremely good runner, it’s a different place. As the best choice on our list, it is equipped with two blades and two seats. The oars are equipped with two paddles that allow you to keep your hands free if you want to concentrate on fishing.

As mentioned above, UH-TK181 has many rod holders. Seven of them, to be precise, four are sunk and three are foldable.

Between the feet of the rudder there are watertight storage hatches where you can store your valuables. For extra equipment, there is another loading space at the rear, where a lot of things find their place. Transportation in and out of the water is done using many carrying handles, which, I must say, are really handy if you want to get in or out of the water.

Affordable price, many possibilities

  • The pedal: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.
  • Length: 13 feet
  • Including: Sit down, spring.

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The Yellowfin 130T is slightly larger than the Skipjack and is 13 meters high. An extra leg means that there is room for three people in comfort. Well, as long as their total weight, all gears combined, is less than 500 pounds. It also means that with simple rudders the central position of the rudders is perfect. Whatever configuration you choose, you have adjustable footrests so you can adjust everything to your liking and comfort. Just like its little brother above, the Yellowfin comes with only two recessed brackets and has the same four attachment points.

For small objects you have two watertight shutters, which also have a nice touch. The rear tank is huge and the tank cord keeps everything in place.

You will also appreciate the storage space at the front, which is also equipped with a bungee cord system and offers a little more storage space. The Yellowfin 130T is a good buy if you want a bigger kayak.

Malibu offers a slightly more advanced and longer hardtop kayak that is perfect for a kayak that wants to brag!

  • Pedal: No
  • Length: 12 feet
  • included: Seat, Paddle

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(Former winner) This kayak is one of the best multifunctional kayaks available on the market today. It can be used in all types of water, including quiet lakes and rivers, and works perfectly with two people without causing problems in manoeuvring speed. You can even equip this kayak for fishing. This tandem kayak is easy to steer, moves smoothly and works well with an anchor or a trolley. If you’re looking for something to get out of a normal tandem sea kayak, the 12-foot Malibu should be your way to a kayak.

The Bald Eagle is another inflatable option that is ideal for a holiday home or family trip, as it can be quickly and efficiently packed and unpacked.

  • The pedal: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.
  • Length: 12 feet
  • Including: Seat, shovel, pump.

Bald eagle 330

(inflatable version)Inflatable tandem kayak model that does not disappoint. Many people know the Sea Eagle brand as the market leader in inflatable boats and 330 is the flagship, the bestseller of the tandem. The Sea Eagle 330 inflatable kayak makes it easy to sail over lakes and rivers and bounce off rocks without damaging the boat. The boat looks dignified and meets all the requirements of the white water.

  • The pedal: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.
  • Length: 13 feet
  • Including: Seat, shovel, pump.

Bald eagle 370

Switch, the next on our list is the Bald Eagle SE370. We say we have to change something, because it’s not a hard kayak. If you don’t have enough storage space, an inflatable kayak is a good alternative, and that’s where the SE370 comes in. He weighs 26 pounds and can accommodate three people. And what’s most impressive? It is not only ideal for fishing, but also for white water up to and including class III.

If you choose the Pro pack, you also get two inflatable and adjustable seats and two AB30 knives. Blow the bag up and carry it around so you have almost everything you need to get started. With the kayak flaps you can inflate it quickly and blow it out even faster. A drain valve ensures that there is no more water inside. For good tracking and speed you will find Skegas below. If you don’t mind an inflatable solution, the SE370 can be an excellent choice.

  • The pedal: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
  • Length: 14 feet
  • Including: Seats, oars.

Package14

Yeah, we know purists hate tandem kayaks with pedals. But for people who really appreciate how easy it is to fish (and for those who just want a 14-foot kayak), the UH-PK14 can be perfect. The Brooklyn Kayak’s twin screw drive works perfectly and keeps your hands free when you want to fish and move at the same time. To be honest, the UH-PK14 is built like a tank.

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Because it is a BKC product, it has a reputation to uphold and so does the boy. The steering wheel helps to steer and for a 14 foot giant the kayak is surprisingly agile and responsive. If you’re not a purist and really want something that makes your fishing trips more fun, try it.

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  • Length: 13 feet
  • Including: Location

Colorado Coleman

If you don’t find the inflatable tandem kayak so encouraging, you might change your mind when you see the Seville Coleman in Colorado. The 18 gauge PVC makes it difficult to use in different environments, and the 1000D tarpaulin on the underside is just as resistant to perforation as this one. The top is made of 840D nylon, which is also leakproof, so no, you don’t have to worry. And should the worst happen, the kayak is designed with multiple inner tubes that won’t let you drown. For fishing, you have Berkley Quick Set rod holders that work perfectly.

You don’t have to look for a place for your knives – there are knife holders that do it for you so your knives won’t get in the way.

Oh, and it’s worth mentioning that it’s compatible with Seville trolley bus engines. In case you want to make it a lot easier.

  • The pedal: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.
  • Length: 13 feet
  • Including: Location

Balinese tandem

The variant approaching the 14-foot giant we mentioned above is Bali in 13.5 feet. With this length you can easily use it yourself or with one or two extra persons. It all depends on how you set it up. Whichever option you choose, you will always have plenty of storage space. From covered storage compartments (all three) to bump lines on deck, your equipment is safe, no matter how much you wear.

Even when there are three of you, the chairs are adjustable and extremely comfortable, so you have no space problems. It is worth mentioning that the performance and the kayaks are very good on such a large boat. However, if you want it to be stable, you will be surprised at its quality. If you want a big kayak, but you can’t kick it, give it a chance.

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  • Length: 12 feet
  • Including: Location

driftsun

Yeah, we’ve noticed that inflatable tandem kayaks tend to be a little smaller. The Driftsun Voyager follows this trend as it approaches a height of 10 feet. Included in the delivery is a pump that can be fully inflated in just under 5 minutes. PVC floors are extremely durable, soothing and leak-proof. The upper part is, as with Sevylor Coleman Colorado, covered with Nylon-Oxford 840D fabric, which is both tear-resistant and abrasion-resistant.

The tracking is excellent thanks to the sharp nose and rocker profile. It doesn’t matter if you walk on calm or rough water, it’s gonna be great.

Basically you have a pinball machine that you can take out, but it helps the reaction a bit.

The drain goes through the rear drain plug. Finally, the chairs have a very high backrest and are extremely comfortable, even if you sit in them for a few hours!

  • The pedal: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.
  • Length: 14 feet
  • Including: Location

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We complete the list with Old Town Canoes & Kayaks, one of the most respected kayaks in the world. This is a very high quality kayak with a range of versatile features, and it is one of the most comfortable we have tried. The polyethylene cover is durable and has an excellent shape that quickly cuts off the water. You get streamlined, flexible chairs that are as comfortable as they are.

Dirigo has a leg support system that makes it highly responsive and really helps to maneuver. You can easily take all your equipment with you, because there is enough space to store it.

And if you want to take your baby for a walk, you’ll find a removable bounce seat. To complete the package, the Dirigo is compatible with the optional steering system, which makes it easier to turn when fishing. A beautiful kayak to complete our list!

How to choose

A tandem kayak can have two basic shapes. They are available in the form sitting on and sitting on and are both available in a single or double version. They can also have hard shells or inflatable shells.

Although there is a big difference between sitting in a tandem kayak and sitting on a tandem kayak, they have many common parts. The upper part of the kayak is called the deck, the lower part is called the hull, the forward part is called the bow and the stern part is called the stern. On top of the deck you will often find hinges or tensioners. At the beginning of the kayak you have to find black straps. Some of the rowing kayaks move in a horizontal plane from one side to the other, and others are powered by pedals that just fall into the water and help the kayak to go straight ahead.

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Sitting and sitting in tandem kayaks with seats and backrest.

Sitting on the inside.

There are runners that slide over the track to adapt to the different sizes of the runners. It is convenient because you will spend the whole day on the water, making the use of the buttresses much more comfortable and supportive.

The best kayak tandems also have an integrated backrest, which makes sitting in the kayak much more comfortable.

The biggest difference between the two types of tandem kayaks is that the seat in the kayaks is closed, there is a cockpit in which you sit. Around the cockpit is a place where you can place an apron to keep the water in the cockpit. In the tandem kayaks you will find two seats and sometimes pedals that you can adjust to your feet.

With hundreds of kayaking options, choosing the best tandem kayak can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be, and it’s not hard to make the wrong choice.

The best way to limit the possibilities:

Determine how and where to use it

Are you going rowing on the protected Lakermeer on the beach? Will the water be warm? Looking for a kayak that can move fast? Are you looking for a stable kayak that is difficult to tilt?

Your first and most important decision is whether to sit on or in a tandem kayak, and there are advantages and disadvantages to both.

The most comfortable is to sit on tandem kayaks. They are very stable and easy to penetrate, and there is no feeling of being trapped. They are also self-loading, i.e. they have small holes, such as sealing holes, through which water can flow. Another feature of the tandem kayak is that you can get in and out at will.

All these features make sitting on the top tandem of the kayaks a good choice.

The disadvantage of sitting on the top model is that you are guaranteed to get wet during rowing, while sitting in the kayaks and staying dry. Sitting inside also covers your lower body against the wind, which is much more useful for rowers who are in cooler water and want to stay dry while rowing. One of the disadvantages of sitting in a tandem ship is that you don’t have the same freedom of movement in the water, and if you turn around for whatever reason, recovery is a difficult process because the tandem kayak is filled with water. Sitting on a recreational kayak is a very stable and easy to use pleasure. They have large cockpits that are not restricted, and some even have watertight compartments that can be accessed via deck hatches.

You need to determine the length of your tandem kayak

The general rule applies: The longer the kayak is, the faster it moves and the wider it is, the more stable and slower it is.

Sitting on a tandem kayak is considered fun and extremely stable.  The sitting posture in a kayak can vary much more in terms of shape and size, and the purpose of actually sitting in the kayak can be divided into two different categories that exist:

Kayak length

Holiday kayaks by the sea

Sports boats are wider, shorter and have a large cockpit so you don’t feel restricted. Sea andem kayaks are longer and narrower, so they move faster. You also have much more control on the side of the boat. However, the cockpits are much smaller, so they generally seem much more limited, although it is very easy to get in and out, and if speed is important to you, you can opt for a shorter kayak. They’re lighter and easier to move. Most tandem kayaks have a durable rigid plastic hull that lasts forever and requires little maintenance.

There are also tandem kayaks made of composite materials such as fiberglass and Kevlar, which makes them much lighter. The disadvantage is that they are not offensive and generally cost much more.

They will also have inflatable tandem kayaks . They are very comfortable inside and can be emptied, folded and even carried in a backpack. These kayaks are made of surprisingly durable fabrics. Inflatable kayaks are incredibly versatile.

In addition, thermoformed tandem kayaks are new on the market and are becoming increasingly popular due to their availability, durability and weight.

Inflatable kayak Eagle 330

tk219

The BKC UH TK219 offers the best overall performance of a tandem kayak with a robust design, excellent directional stability and the added benefit of being convertible into a fishing kayak if you want to try this sport.

The BKC UH TK219 was an easy choice when we thought of a good tandem kayak that offers people everything they want in terms of performance, design and price. Of course there were more expensive models with more features and an even better design, but when the time was right, nothing could surpass the price of life. The Bqq comes with different gutter supports for all your rods. It has a very stable structure that makes it possible to stand upright, even when kayaking. The seats are made of durable plastic for extra comfort, and the storage space includes a grill for your optional equipment. The carrying capacity is more than sufficient.

 

 

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