Posted by JJ on June 02, 2004 at 16:46:35:
Location: Thousand Oaks
In Reply to: Malibu Tandem or the solo SOT? posted by Joe on June 01, 2004 at 17:49:04:
HERE IS A LONG RESPONSE:
I have a Pro2Tandem which I really love and enjoy. I'm really glad I got it. I bought it primarily because I wanted to be able to take my 4 year old (and my 1 year old when he is ready), not to mention my wife. The Pro2Tandem is really a great boat and handles really well. It is extremely stable. I have taken on some big waves from the side and this thing didn't even budge. Also, the kayak itself suits me well. At 250 pounds, I need something this big. It has all the room I need for fishing and diving (with multiple tanks). I have not had any problems with surf entry and/or exits. In fact, I believe that its easier with a bigger kayak because its more stable.
I really love the big hatch in front of the rear seat. On days that I know I will get wet in the entry or exit, I store everything (rods/reels, fishfinder, tackle box, dry bag..etc.) inside the hull. Once out bast the breakers, I take out my gear and I'm set to go.
BUT, BEWARE! The Pro2Tandem has its limitations. One major limitation is speed. I was out fishing, recently, with Rhino. He was on his Prowler. We were fishing for salmon out by Arco Island. We were trying to paddle out to the fleet. He made it and I decided not to because it was A LOT of work to make the Tandem go out 2 to 3 miles and back. So what you make up in stability, you lose on speed. If you want to cover a lot of ground and need a fast kayak, do not get the Pro2Tandem.
Another problem is the weight. The Pro2Tandem itself weights 60 pounds. While I have no problems carrying it, someone else might. I personally believe that the weight makes it more stable. Its a matter of preference. But, be aware that its heavier (although not by much) than most other kayaks.
So there is my two cents worth. I hope this helps. Good luck and best regards. TL. -JJ-
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