Re: Malibu Tandem or the solo SOT?

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Posted by Vic on June 01, 2004 at 23:24:17:

Location: Ojai

In Reply to: Malibu Tandem or the solo SOT? posted by Joe on June 01, 2004 at 17:49:04:

Hey Joe,

Many have been in your situation, I was about seven years ago. I went with the tandem and hated it, let me explain. If someone wants to go "sometimes" that usually means they'll go once or twice and now your stuck with a tandem that's not tricked out the way you want it. In addition to talking to the back of someones head all day, launching and landing tandem in the surf can be an ordeal. On the other hand if your girlfriend digs it she'll want her own yak anyway. My suggestion is to get your kayak, and when she wants to go out rent or bum one off a friend. IMHO kayaking tandem stinks, no matter who your other paddler is. I had my tandem about 3 monthes before I traded it in for 2 singles.
Just my 2 cents.
Good Luck,
: Firstable, sorry for the long read guys:
: just ordered a Malibu Extreme but I'm contemplating on switching my order to a pro 2 tandem. I Need some opinion on your perspectives in what's smarter.
: Since my girl friend is whining on coming along "once in a while" I don't know if a tandem would be a bad investment?
: Now I tried paddling both style yaks in a harbor environment just this pass week but has never taken neither one out to the open sea before.
: I will be paddling solo 80% of the time(I'm pretty sure), any opinion on what's a better investment with your experience is what I need.
: The tandem don't seem to have much of a difference, infact it's quite comforatble been in the rear seat solo, other than the obvious speed being a little slower and more hatches is available on the Extreme for easy storage of additional rods.
: I still think the Extreme is what I prefer tho in terms of everything other than I can't fit two people on it. Does anyone have that similiar dilima before?

: If I get the tandem I would need to get the bait tank that come with the pro 2 tandem fishing package, but I will loose the big center hatche that were meant to put additional rods and dry bags in it.
: Another thing I'm concerned about is how friendly the Pro 2 tandem is gonna be on rough water when paddling solo out there by the shore. Just a little scared it might be a bad investment to get a tandem when the odd of me paddling solo will be more than a dual.
: Hope to see you guys out there sometimes, I'm a kayak fishing newbie, very excited!! thanks for the long read, next post will be much shorter.

: J.C.
: Los Angeles,

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