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I've had mine since 2001. I've had it on rivers, lakes, Chesapeake bay, Assawoman bay. Love it. But after a decade of heavy use the skirt bead is separating. Wish I could find another one. I could stand up on it jump off and climb back on no problem. Great solo. Put gear and cooler in front seat.
All round a basic, simple kayak ideal for any flat water where you don't need speed but appreciate stability and comfortable seats. also good to paddle by one person with a heap of camping gear - very versatile.
One negative is the total failure to track on the river.... it was nearly impossible to drop the paddle and take a picture without spinning 30 to 60 degrees of track. I was jealous of my fellow traveler's rudder which he used to track a straight line. btw, I added an assortment of deck hooks, tie downs and mounts for gear and camera.
Basically good if you need a "barge" to transport a lot of gear by kayak.
I like how the front seat adjusts back to mid-cockpit for solo paddling. In this position you will be lacking the foot rests and may opt to install an extra set later. There’s still plenty of room in the back seat for smaller kids or a dog to ride in. Most tandems don’t work as well as this one when soloed.
As a tandem, it’s only as good as the paddlers who are using it (like most tandems). Sitting closely requires synchronization between paddlers to prevent excess paddle collisions (the rear paddler must follow the front’s lead). If the front paddler is short, you can move the seat forward to prevent this. The only problem with that is that the back of the front seat has the integrated foot rests for the rear paddler, which may become out of reach.