The success of the proven Chesapeake hull shape led quickly to demands for similar tandem and three-person designs. The Chesapeake Double and Triple are high-volume touring boats, with a 700lb payload that belies their surprising speed. The high bow will carry you over all but the worst chop, while the deep stern ensures confident tracking in strong crosswinds, even with a light load. These are substantial boats for serious expeditions. They are comfortable day-trippers for families or couples.
As in the other Chesapeake variants, the Double and Triple are built solidly, with epoxy and fiberglass on the inside, outside and deck of the 4mm okoume hull. For safety, watertight bulkheads are standard.
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This is not a boat for tossing around, but is rock solid with big loads and active seas. With my family on board, I supply 80 percent of the power, and we are able to avg. 3.5 to 4 mph. With another strong paddler, the boat is capable of both high peak and average speeds.
Mine is reported to weighs about 70 pounds, and at 21 feet, most folks will need another adult to get it on and off of the roof rack, something to consider if using it with kids. Consider that the boat has extremely high volume - experienced paddlers looking for a sportier ride might look into CLC's new 22' sport tandem, which is narrower and lower volume. The Triple is NOT suitable for solo paddling. Also consider that with such high volume, this boat would be more difficult to empty if it ever swamped. I am currently considering putting in an emergency electric bilge pump system.
I also have had the chance to SAIL this boat at a Chesapeake Light Craft event in Annapolis, Maryland. CLC sells a sail rig and outriggers that turn their kayaks into sailing trimarans that can be quickly disassembled. What a nice ride! Stable as bedrock, swift in light air, a real nice cruiser, but needs a huge rudder to turn. CLC suggested building the rudder in the sail rig plans rather than using commercial rudders. A sail rig is on my wish list for this boat.
My son and I are 6 ft. 4 in. tall and have a great deal of difficulty entering and exiting the cockpit openings. After the boat was finished and I sent my Cheasapeake return card to the factory the customer service rep. called and said that any cockpit size can be made for $50. Well it was to late by that time. My boat is "For Sale"