12' 6"
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Tandem Description

When one is not enough… the Cobra Tandem. At only 49 lbs (powder weight, carry weight about 58 lbs), the Tandem is the lightest two-seater on the market, which makes it far more manageable than other tandems and can be easily loaded on top of the car. The Cobra Tandem is well known for durability, stability and maneuverability. It offers a fast and fun-filled ride for two. The top deck allows for a both a forward and a rear seat. The Tandem’s width and loading capacity means a third middle seat can be added. Perfect for a child or canine companion. The large deck space on the Tandem means up to 5 hatches can be fitted so there is plenty of storage room for weekend expeditions.

Tandem Specs and Features

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Cockpit Type: Sit on Top / Open Cockpit
  • Seating Configuration: Tandem, 3+
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child, Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child, Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Additional Attributes

  • Drain Plug
  • Multi Position Foot Rests
  • Self Draining Scuppers
  • Accessory Eyelets
  • End & Side Luggage Handles
  • 2 x 6″ Day Hatches with Net Bag

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Tandem Reviews

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I bought my cobra tandem in…

Submitted by: paddler533555 on 7/25/2019

I bought my cobra tandem in 2001 been in greece /creta italy sardinia Eolie islands Spain /ibiza formentera Different lakes in finland and coastline of baltic sea Thailand ko chang and small archipelago bordering cambodia Is great i m happy one of the best kaykas ever I trust 100%in the
Open sea


This one can hold a lot of…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 8/5/2014
This one can hold a lot of weight - It is a bit on the heavy side. It is a good choice to buy used since there are a lot of them out there. Fun and stable but I wouldn't want to paddle it by myself. You do sit a bit high out of the water if you are adverse to getting wet.

Cobra Tandem Kayaks are one…

Submitted by: paddler235237 on 8/1/2013
Cobra Tandem Kayaks are one of the most stable kayaks and are great on lakes and in the ocean. Lots of room for gear in the hatches and plenty of room for three, holds up to 600 lbs. Has front and rear bungee for your gear and scupper holes to drain water. It being only 60 lbs makes it easy for loading on your roof rack.

We've owned a Tandem for…

Submitted by: paddler234643 on 7/6/2012
We've owned a Tandem for around nine years now, and have been very impressed by its versatility. I've used it in a wide range of sea conditions, on rivers and lakes, and while it is not a fast boat, it has handled all but the most extreme situations well. It's excellent for fishing and diving (I use mine free diving or spearfishing). We also have taken it on 3-4 day wilderness trips, and it's surprising how much can fit inside the hull. We got a large rectangular hatch to get things in more easily, but very little water leaks in.

It works fine when paddled solo, but you sit quite high. IMHO, it performs much better with two people in it, and perhaps a bit of weight in the hull. It's taken quite a few beatings over the years, but the effect seems only to be cosmetic, and it continues to perform as well as it did when we bought it. Virtually no maintenance - I'll hose it down, particularly the metal parts on the hatch covers, after sea paddles.

Overall, the Tandem might not be slickest boat out there, nor the fastest, but if you're after a kayak with a range of purposes in mind, then you'd do well with this.


I got my Cobra Tandem in…

Submitted by: paddler232049 on 5/29/2007
I got my Cobra Tandem in early 2004. It served very well on an Apostle Islands camping tour as a single, carrying everything with ease below deck. I endured headwinds and 3 foot waves (small craft advisory) with no problem (other than being slow). Very stable. I've paddled around lakes with a 90 lb. kid standing in the front. I've done a handstand on mine. A friend with a similar Fish N Dive (same hull) puts a lawn chair on his. With 2 large paddlers, I find it hard to track and keep in line. I am trying to figure out how to mount a rudder to it.

I paddled a Cobra Tandem for…

Submitted by: paddler231909 on 1/12/2007
I paddled a Cobra Tandem for two years and had no problems with the quality of the boat. Finish, durability of the boat is great. Very good storage compartments and the boat is easily handled out of the water. Plastic boats can take a bit of a beating.

This boat is very flexible, can be paddled tandem or solo with an easy shift of the seat latches. This boat is good for day triping around the harbor and extremely stable. Did I mention that the boat boat is also very stable.

My only gripe is the tracking, the boat tends to zig zag a bit and requires good paddling skills and some coordination between the front and back paddler to keep straight. If the boat were 2 feet longer, it would be a pretty fast sit on top.

For a plastic boat the cobra Tandem is great for beginners and leisure paddles. I used it for adventure racing, but have moved on to much faster fiberglass boats.


The Tandem is our first Kayak…

Submitted by: paddler230783 on 9/9/2004
The Tandem is our first Kayak and we did some research before buying one. The Kayak has (or had) one drawback, it is very difficult to steer when 2 poeple are on board. One up is fine. So I installed a rudder, foot operated from front or rear and it transformed the Kayak. Now we can just paddle equally on both sides and steer precisely and effortlessly. Thumbs up from me and my wife Lori.

Great as a tandum. Excellent…

Submitted by: chuckrogala on 7/26/2004
Great as a tandum. Excellent stability. Great platform to fish from, and enough room for two to fish together.

Love my Cobra Tandem…

Submitted by: paddler230443 on 1/6/2004
Love my Cobra Tandem kayak-Got it as a present for my husband. Very stable and very comfortable for two adults (and my husband is 6'2). Perfect for touring/camping as it has good storage space inside the hull and also hatches on top. Great design, and stable-could not tip it over if I tried!

I was considering buying…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 1/20/2003
I was considering buying Ocean's Malibu Two, for I though Cobra's higher price was not justified. After trying them side by side, there's no comparison. Cobra beats Ocean by a mile. It's much more comfortable, more stable and has a nicer finish. After a few minutes on the Malibu, my legs were cramped and I had to get off to stretch.

Also Cobra's powerflex paddles are WOW! very comfortable and feel great. Oceans' paddles hurt my hands and let you advance very slowly. I wish Cobra made a touring tandem!


The tandem is great with 2…

Submitted by: paddler229198 on 4/24/2001
The tandem is great with 2 people but also surpisingly easy to paddle for one. Of course it's not in the same speed league as narrow, long yaks. But its very stable, and much faster than a canoe. Speed is a relative thing. We find it extremely easy to manouver. Back seat can get a little wet, but not bad. Solo ride is quite dry. So if you're wanting to have a boat for two people, with enough storage space for camping, with a size/weight that makes it easy to load, it's a great boat. Fits my needs perfectly.

The Cobra Tandem is a great…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 4/26/2000
The Cobra Tandem is a great kayak. I've been using it for fishing, lots of room for gear(3 hatches). I'm able to stand and stretch with out a problem. The cool thing is it has two seats for those luxi santa barbara sunsets.

This is a fine kayak, if it…

Submitted by: paddler228393 on 12/22/1999
This is a fine kayak, if it is used for the purpose that it is designed for. It is a Tandem kayak. The kayak is built out of polyethylene. It is 12'6" long by 36" wide. I bought mine to take my wife out on the lake. My wife is afraid of open water. This kayak was the only way to get here out on the lake. Now she takes my daughter and a grand child out with her. It has opened up a new world for her. At 36" wide, it is very stable.I doubt that you could tip it over even if you wanted to. I have surfed it, with my daughter, in pretty big surf . The big surf took all of the size out of the kayak. It was a lot of fun, but I will stick solo with our XL from now on in the surf. A single paddler can paddle the Tandem. But, at it's size, it is too big to have much fun by yourself. If you are a family that wants to paddle together as a tandem, and you don't want a closed deck kayak this is it.

Very stable, good leg room,…

Submitted by: paddler228246 on 8/23/1999
Very stable, good leg room, nice design. Handled well in wind & chop. Not built for speed. But it gets around well.

Can be 1 or 2 paddlers. More…

Submitted by: paddler229355 on 6/22/1999
Can be 1 or 2 paddlers. More leg room than Malibu-II. Good hatch placement. Large hatch's available vs. other tandem sit on tops. But at 36" just too wide which makes it VERY slow. If any wind or current or choppiness it cannot be paddled because of excessive width. I recommend Zest-II over the Cobra Tandem.