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Best two person kayak 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated May 1, 2019
Best two person kayak of 2018
I want to find something that’s designed well (both for aesthetic purposes and efficiency). You can make a choice based on the my list as you shop. You must have heard that the best two person kayak should allow you to save money, right? Sure, but that’s not the only reason you should consider getting one. On that note, I review the three best two person kayak of 2018 to help you get value for your money.
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this two person kayak win the first place?
I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I also liked the delivery service that was fast and quick to react. It was delivered on the third day. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing!
Why did this two person kayak come in second place?
I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice.
Why did this two person kayak take third place?
The material is incredibly nice to the touch. It has a great color, which will suit any wallpapers. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new.
two person kayak Buyer’s Guide
Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STS10
This Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STSis a lightweight, two-seater, sit-on-top vessel that comes ready for a fast water launch.
The Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STSmeasures about feet in length, which is long enough to allow for sufficient cockpit space after calculating the boat’s hull space allowance. At a beam width of feet, the boat is stable enough to run on most water bodies.
Upon deflation, the hull is reduced to just about 31” x 40” x 9”. Thus, the Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker fishing boat is readily transportable, both when fully inflated and deflated. When fully inflated, the hull’s diameter measures about 1inches.
The Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STScan be adjusted into a one-seater with the removal of one seat. With the ability to seat people, the Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STSis capable of accommodating up to a maximum weight of 1200 pounds.
The Sea Eagle Stealth Stalker STScomes ready for motor mounting. It is recommended that you use a motor that weighs up to a maximum of 4pounds. Weight notwithstanding, you can affix 4-horsepower motors with minimum shafts of 20 inches. The use of motors boosts the boat’s speed up to a maximum of mph. The speed is dependable on the type of motor used. You can go 5-mph with a gas motor and 4-mph with an electric one.
Every kayak comes with a specific weight capacity. You should be very careful while going for the weight range as anything more than the mentioned weight can leave your kayak highly unstable and increase the chances of capsizing, which you definitely do not, especially while kayaking over deep waters. Consider the number of people that are going to be riding the canoe and also the total weight of the gears and the essentials stored in it. Considering everything, the total weight should be under the mentioned capacity. The average weight capacity of a tandem kayak is 500 lbs. However, the range is likely to vary depending on whether it is a one person or a two-person kayak and the purpose of its use. Note that exceeding the weight capacity will make it sit too low over the water and greatly affect the paddling efficiency.
The shape and size of the cockpit can vary considerably from one kayak to the other. They also have an important role to play in determining the ease of control while paddling. Larger cockpits make it easier for the paddlers to get in and out of the boat. However, a smaller cockpit allows for better protection and easier controls. Solo kayaks have small and snug cockpits so that the paddler feels more like he/she is wearing the kayak instead of riding over it. This will hold the paddler securely to his spot and increase his efficiency while paddling. This design is mostly seen in sea kayaks rather than the river or lake kayaks.
There are mainly four different types of hull shapes – rounded, V shape, flat and pontoon. The rounded hulls give better speed due to less resistance. A V-shaped hull allows for a better straight line tracking. Flat hulls give better stability, and pontoon hulls can be great for both the primary and secondary stability.
Foot pegs are the braces to hold your legs so that you can paddle in a comfortable position without disturbing the stability of the kayak. The positioning of the foot peg should determine on personal comfort and the bode size of the user.
Our runner up for the title of best fishing inflatable kayak is from Elkton Outdoors. With an interior measuring ten feet long, its storage space and special features have been designed with fishing in mind. The only one of our inflatable kayaks to come with both vertical and trolling rod holders, this is a fantastic option for people who want something compact or portable to enjoy fishing alone or with a friend.
If you sometimes plan on using a tandem kayak without a partner, it’s also imperative to buy one that can support a single paddler. Some are specifically designed to support use by a single person, while others simply do not provide the maneuverability or overall balance to safely use without two individual paddlers.
Some fishermen actually prefer to go out alone in a tandem kayak because the extra seat provides additional room to store more fishing gear. On the other hand, if you plan on always having a fishing partner, you should make sure that you choose a larger kayak that offers ample storage and seating that is spaced far enough apart so that two people can easily cast without tangling their fishing lines.
Overall, while some tandems may be more expensive than similar single-persons models, they provide the means to enjoy a fishing excursion with another person.
The hull size accommodates the rider and needs to be ample enough to allow movement. It also needs to be solid enough to withstand impact. Kayaks will come with different forms of hulls. Some are deep while some are shallow. The shallow ones are ideal for kayaks that venture into rapid waters since they allow water in and out easily without accumulating into the hull. Those with deep hulls are preferred on calm waters that don’t present rough situations. It is important that you also take the time to fit in the hull before making your purchase. White water kayaks have deep hulls that are also water protected but are tricky to maneuver. Some kayaks need professional riders to manage them. Some hulls will accommodate more than one person some taking up to three people. The hull also holds the footrests and the seat. The best footrests are not only adjustable but comfortable to work with. Most kayaks with more than one person fit will not have adjustable seats in them.
Seat adjustment works well for footrest placement. The adjustment of the seat beside the type of seat you have will determine how long you will stay on your boat. Boats that have padded seats are more comfortable, and the rider will spend more time on them. Adjustment allows the user to place the seat at a comfortable length to stretch the feet. The seats also need to have a backrest especially if you know that you will spend long hours on the boat. People with back problems will also find this very useful.
Kayak extras include the holders, mountings, and pockets among many others. As reiterated before, the extras will make the trip better for you. Ensure that you pick a kayak that has ample extras regarding flush paddle holders and mounts for fishing rods. The mounts make it easy when fishing on the seat. These are not sued while standing since they rest on the boat.
You get a huge hull size that can fit tow people. It comes with a canoe like design that also maximize luggage and gear space during fishing. It can also accommodate 470 lbs. This is more than sufficient when you combine weight from two people and gear.
The canoe like designs allows for ample storage space as long as you are within the weight limits of 470 lbs.
The canoe is 3ft, 3inches wide which is sufficient for stability and standing during fishing.
This is perfect canoe for calm water due to its length but will also do well in relatively rough waters.
The kayak comes with very many extras including paddle holders, carry handles for lifting the kayak in and out of the water, a carry bag, pressure gauge, mesh pockets on the side for keeping gear and snacks during fishing as well as D-rings to attach equipment to the kayak.
The Ocean Kayak Prowler had to be on this list because it remains one of the most formidable fishing kayaks out there. This is one of the best kayaks when it comes to angler fishing, and its popularity comes with its reasons. The kayak is designed to handle both rough and calm water since it is a sit on top kayak. This means that it does not collect water into the hull whenever you are wading through rapids making it very effective. The hull is stable and quiet making it compact enough for a rough ordeal. The hull is also really large for the purpose of accommodating as much gear as possible. This also makes it a very good companion for people handing huge fish that take up a lot of space. The internal storage can handle multiple fishing rods as well as cargo that are supposed to stay dry. Other extras include a comfort plus seat, a 6-inch hatch with storage space, two paddle keeps, cup holders, a skid plate, and transducer compatible. The rear tank is over-sized enough to hold scuba tanks, bait wells, coolers, tackle boxes and crates. The truth is that this is not a cheap kayak but for a reason. It has stood the test of time and has remained one of the most versatile companions when it comes to fishing over a variety of waters. This is perfect if you are looking for a single kayak that will handle all your fishing needs in one go.
This is one of the most expensive kayaks we have in this list but still within a reasonable domain.
The kayak is made of polyethylene material which is not only lightweight but hardy.
Saddles & Rollers
If you frequently drive through storms, two sets of saddles will offer a rock-solid support for your kayak. Saddles offer plenty of great benefits; they are easy to load and unload, they offer only the slightest resistance to wind and they take advantage of the aerodynamics of the kayak to reduce fuel usage.If you are looking for more convenience, you can replace the saddles with a pair of rollers. Rollers allow you to lift almost half the weight of the kayak (the bow) onto the top of your car, then pick up and roll the stern onto the saddle placed on the forward bar so you can securely strap everything.
Rollers are especially recommend for cars with long rooflines such as SUVs as they hold the kayak firmly and securely. But you must be prepared for a little shuffling around on the rollers, especially if you drive in rough weather. You can choose saddles or rollers depending on whether you want your kayak to be more secure when transporting it or if you like the ease and convenience of loading and unloading it at your destination.
Sun Dolphin Aruba 10
Sun Dolphin Aruba is a recreational sit-in kayak for beginners. Sun Aruba is feet long sit-in kayak which features a large cockpit to get easily in or out of the kayak. This is basically a recreational kayak used in lakes and rivers.
Sun Dolphin Aruba is made of rugged UV-stabilized Fortiflex High-Density Polyethylene for better durability. It offers necessary features to make it an enjoyable time on the water. It comes in several colors for people who love colors.
The C-13offers the serious kayak fisherman a lightweight alternative to a heavy polyethylene kayak. Acceleration is quick, and just a few strokes will bring you up to speed. The CloudSeat provides durable, breathable, water- and sun-proof comfort, and the hull has been designed to accept a variety of trolling motors, stakeout poles, and various aftermarket accessories including a casting bar.
FeelFree Moken 12.5
The Feelfree Moken 12.is stable enough for standing and fast enough to handle larger lakes and coastal waters. Features include the quick-release modular Uni-Track system and Easy Seal hatch. An optional rudder helps with steering on windy days, and Feelfree’s Wheel in the Keel makes rolling it to launch nice and easy.
Feelfree Move Angler
The Move Angler is the perfect kayak for kids and smaller paddlers getting into the sport of kayak fishing. It comes equipped with all the great features paddlers have come to expect in a Feelfree kayak: molded-in handles, recessed fittings, and the patented Wheel in the Keel. Its “tri-hull” design offers great stability and efficient tracking while paddling. The hull weighs only 4pounds, making it very easy for a solo paddler to maneuver on or off the water—even a younger paddler.
Old Town Predator PDL
Old Town Predator 1& MX Series
Engineered above and below the waterline to be the perfect platform for fishing, the Predator series can tackle everything from small-pond largemouths to rough-seas stripers. The Predator comes loaded with features including a slip-resistant deck and comfortable Element Seating System. The Predator MX, or Mixed Water, features a slightly more rounded hull that’s designed to handle moving water conditions without sacrificing stability and performance.
Old Town Predator MK
The Predator MK bridges the gap between fishing kayaks, bass boats, and shallow-water skiffs. The combination of the Minn Kota motor and foot-controlled rudder system allows truly hands-free fishing while holding your place in current, working a shoreline, or following a school of feeding fish.
Perception Pescador Pilot 12.0
The Pescador Pilot 12.0 features the Pilot Drive pedal system, which is ergonomically optimized for all-day, hands-free propulsion. This sit-on-top kayak features a captain’s chair with easily adjustable gear tracks and tension knobs, four molded-in rod holders, two YakAttack accessory tracks, a transducer scupper, and two storage consoles for mounting electronics. The best feature? A price that propels the Pescador Pilot into a class all its own.
Old Town Loon 12Angler
The Loon 12Angler features a sleek new hull design that is both quick and forgiving. With extra width for stability, plus the all-new ACSseat, it is designed to be the most comfortable sit-inside angling kayak on the water.
Old Town Discovery Sport 15
With a square stern, the Discovery Sport 1can be paddled traditionally or motored with an engine up to HP. Extremely versatile, it is designed with full-length stabilizing chines and a generous beam, providing a dry and confident ride. Whether rowed, paddled or motored, you’ll enjoy the Discovery 15.
With so many options available in 2017, buying your paddling gear after reading at least a few kayak reviews just makes sense. By now you know that selecting the right one depends largely on what type of kayaking you want to do. Even if all you want to do is finishing, different waters and fishery activity will need its own type of boat for proper safety and pleasure.
My garage is stock full of different yaks and canoes exactly for this reason.
If you are a beginner and you are looking to buy your first boat, then choosing the best kayaks is even more important to you than any other since first impressions to any sport is key to wanting to continue with it.
You definitely need to check out the different types of kayaking first, to really know what is the most appealing one to you. But from my experience, most beginners should start with recreational kayaks as they are the best to get your feet wet, so to speak.
The Lifetime Tamarack SOT fishing kayak is one of the cheaper kayaks out there, especially if you’re looking for something specific to fishing and of at least decent quality. Even though it’s a really cheap fishing kayak, it’s still quite nice and gets the job done well, but you won’t find any advanced or luxury features.
This kayak is feet in length, which is what we would consider to be on the short-average length for a fishing kayak, and is a little wider (3inches) compared to most fishing kayaks. This means it will move slower, but should have good stability and can be more maneuverable, which is good for smaller bodies of water that are more intricate.
There are two storage compartments, one at the back and one in the center, each of which is about inches in diameter. The SOT design also allows for better use of space inside the kayak, and the seat is adjustable, albeit pretty flimsy. If we were to use this long term, an upgrade to the seat would likely be in order.
Ample storage capacity and convenience of access is essential in a good fishing kayak. Most fishing kayaks will have good enough storage for the essentials, but having a wider selection of tackle, line, rods, tools, as well as come more comfort items like food, drinks, a phone, a camera, etc, can all make a big difference in how much enjoyment you get out of the day.
Lastly, when reading the specs of a fishing kayak, try and look for storage compartments with specific purposes. Sometimes companies will design compartments or wells that offer more convenient storage. For example, you may see a shallow but wide storage area with a couple bungee boards crossing over top. These are often great for utility trays, so you have a large tackle box with many utility trays, you can potentially have a pres-assigned “kayak tray” that you can very easily add or remove tot he kayak.
Other storage compartments my be waterproof for more sensitive items, some may be designed as live wells for keeping your catch, and some even have extra features wells that are compatible with certain fish finder transducers.
This isn’t to say that you are required to use all of the storage for what they market it for, but usually there’s some thought behind it that will benefit anglers. Simply keeping in mind how different storage compartments could be used will already be a big help in your decision.
Transportation and Storage
The size, weight, and design of your kayak will affect how you get it to and from your local fishing hole, as well as how you store it at home (or wherever else). Don’t forget to look at the weight, as well as little features like carrying handles. You will also want to make sure that your storage area can fit the kayak, so be conservative when estimating how much space it will take up.
With material science becoming more applicable in everyday life, fabrics and other materials for water crafts are becoming stronger and lighter every year. While an inflatable fishing kayak may not appeal to everyone, it’s always worth a consideration, and inflatable fishing kayaks provide a clear advantage in terms of storage, as they can be deflated and moved into a smaller spot. They can also be transported to the water a little easier, but you will have to bring along a pump as well, or disregard that and pump it up at home before you take off.
Different materials are used to manufacture kayaks. The materials used will vary depending on the cost, design and intended use of the fishing kayak.
Expensive high-end models are often made out of fiberglass or Kevlar carbon. An ordinary kayak for river or open water fishing is likely to be made from 3-layer or single layer polyethylene. These two materials are often preferred for their strength and affordability.
You can get a peddling, paddling or motorized kayak. Paddling kayaks require the use of a paddle or two to steer it. Their main advantage is silence. You can slip into a fishing zone very silently without disturbing the fish. A peddling or pedal kayak is fitted with pedals which are operated using your legs. This provides much more speed and control compared to paddles. It also allows you to focus on fishing since your hands are free.
Size and Shape
On the other hand, long and narrow gets you speed but you have to be a master at controlling such a kayak. A long and narrow model is ideal for open water fishing.
What We Like
The Ocean Kayak Malibu Tandem Sit-On-Top recreational kayak is one of the best multipurpose kayaks on the market as it can be paddled solo or tandem and can be used to go fishing. Its length measures 12′ 0″ (WIDTH 34″) and the weight capacity is 37lbs, which should be sufficient for two adults with average weight.
The package includes: flush mount rod holders + swivel rod holder and shock cord deck rigging. In the storage compartment you can place all the accessories that you need for your trip.
What We Don’t Like
The Sun Dolphin Excursion has a maximum weight capacity of 250 lbs, which means that if you are really tall and heavy, this kayak might not be suited for you. In addition to that, if you are planning to spend long hours on the water, do yourself a favor and take extra cushions for the seat, since the ones provided with the kayak are not of the best quality.
Last but not least, customers complained that the carrying handles and foot braces might break easily.
It is lightweight, weighing just 40 pounds, and can be easily carried to and from the water making it one of the best choices for women.
The hull design is well balanced and the construction material used is high density polyethylene, which assures durability.
An easy way to tell whether a boat is a canoe or a kayak is to look at its classifications. Canoes are classified using the letter C while kayaks use the letter K. A Cis a solo canoe meaning it has a single paddler. A Cis a tandem canoe, meaning two paddlers. The classification OCcan also be used to signify an open solo canoe.
On the other hand, Kis a solo kayak, Kis a tandem, Kis a 4-crew kayak and so on.
Typically, a canoe features an open deck where the inside is exposed to the elements. A kayak however, often has a closed deck that is protected from the elements. The user may sit right on top of the deck (sit-on-top) or in a hollow space within the closed deck (sit-in).
A kayak is often compared to a sports car; more expensive, more challenging to handle and fast. A canoe is your ordinary car that serves well for leisure water activities, is easy to handle and is also practical. If you are looking for a boat to take your family out on the lake or do some lazy fishing on a hot afternoon, a canoe is better for you.
If on the other hand, you want a boat for serious fishing in a river or open water, try a kayak. It is also great if you want a sporting boat.
Another notable difference is in the paddle design. A canoe will usually require a single blade canoe for propulsion. But a Kayak is hard to control with a single-blade paddle mainly because the rider is seating very low close to the waterline. A double-blade paddle provides more power, speed and efficiency. It also helps in maneuvering around tough spots such as rapids or waves.
On a Beach
A beach is one of the best places to launch your kayak. Place the kayak perpendicular to the water with one half resting on the sand and the other on the water. This way, you can get in without falling over and easily push away from the shore.
If you are at a dock, ask a friend to hold the kayak for you to get in. If you are solo, place the kayak parallel to the dock. Lower your feet first into the kayak and then quickly sit down making sure to keep a tight hold onto the dock. To get out, again pull in parallel to the dock and then hold onto it as you pull yourself slowly out of the kayak.
Before you go out into the open water, it is essential to master deep water re-entry. Practice close to the shore but far enough that water goes over your head. First, put the kayak in an upright position. Use knee straps or the hull to right it.
Hold the far side of the boat with one hand and the closest side with the other and let the boat tip towards you. Lift yourself up and over the boat, using water buoyancy to push you up. Once your belly is lying on the boat, turn and slide into the seat. Lift your feet into the cockpit, grab your paddle (make sure it is leashed) and get going.
Practice several times until you get it right. It is an important safety maneuver that can help you when out in the sea.
Low Angle vs. High Angle
If you look at the end part of the paddle that goes into the water, you’ll notice different designs. Some paddles have thicker and shorter blades (high angle) while others have longer and narrower blades (low angle).
The high angle paddles are designed for quick aggressive propulsion over a short distance. They are ideal for a river. Low angle paddles are designed for comfort and ease of paddling over long distances such as in open water.
Some paddle blades may also feature additional design characteristics. Examples include feathered and non-feathered paddles, wing paddles, touring paddles asymmetric paddles and square ended paddles. Different designs are crafted to achieve different purposes when paddling.
What Shoes to Wear
Wear shoes that will still function well even after getting wet. Sandals are preferred by many people especially when it is warm. When the weather is colder, neoprene booties are ideal. If you plan on fishing near a rocky shore, wear hard sole boots. If your sit-in canoe space is small, soft soled boots may be the only ones that fit inside.
There are manufacturers who produce shoes specifically for kayaking and kayak fishing. It can’t hurt to check out a few.
In Cool or Cold Weather
When the weather gets really cold, consider a dry suit. It is especially effective in cold water since it keeps water from getting in contact with your skin. If you cannot get a dry suit, consider layering up a bit more to stay warm. A pair of gloves would also come in handy.
In a Garage
First wash the kayak with water and remove the seat and any other attached accessories. If you are going to store it on the ground, flip it on its side and let it lean against the wall at an angle. You can also lean it vertically against the wall with the cockpit facing outwards and the stern touching the ground. Another common technique is to hang it from the ceiling, though this requires significantly more work and skill.
On a Wall
Here you have several options. You can buy a mounting system and attach it to your wall. You can also come up with a rope system where you hang your kayak from ropes secured to the wall. Alternatively buy a bracket system and place it on the wall-mounted brackets.
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Different kinds of materials are used to make a fishing kayak. And the cost of a kayak mostly depends on the material used to make it. Expensive kayaks are made with “Fiberglass” or “Kevlar carbon”. Cheap kayaks are made of polyethylene. These types of kayaks are cheap enough.
There are three types of fishing kayaks. Paddling fishing kayak, Peddling fishing kayak and Motorized fishing kayak. You will need a paddle or two to steer a paddling fishing kayak. The paddling kayaks need to be peddled to steer it. You have to operate those peddles with your legs.
Peddling kayaks are speedier than paddling kayaks. And when you are in a peddling kayak you can focus on fishing since your hands are free.
Both paddling and peddling kayaks have an advantage of silence. You can enter into fishing zone very silently without disturbing the fish and have a successful fishing trip.
Motorized Kayaks are operated with a motor. This types of kayaks have the same speed as peddling kayaks. And they have a disadvantage of making noise. So if you are using motorized kayaks for fishing, you have a risk of making the fish scared.
Size and Shape
Size and Shape are another important things in choosing a perfect fishing kayak for you. There are many differences between a kayak for the beginner and kayaks for the expert. Size and shape are the main things to consider if a kayak is perfect for the beginners or the experts as the stability and speed of a sea kayak depend on its size and shape.
That means a short and wide kayak is slower and more stable and it is perfect for you if you are a beginner. And this type of kayak is ideal for fishing in rivers, ponds or lakes.
On the other hand, long and narrow kayak provides you more speed, but you may not be able to control it if you are not an expert. This type of kayak is ideal for open water fishing.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your two person kayak wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of two person kayak
- №1 — Nixie Sports 13ft Sit On Top Tandem Fishing Kayak With Backrests – Inc 2 Paddles
- №2 — Pool Central 138″ Orange and Black “Pathfinder I” Inflatable Two Person Kayak
- №3 — Intex Explorer K2 Kayak