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Like most others here, I needed a kayak that didn't take up a ton of room and could be carried in my car (suv). I didn't want to go through the trouble of getting a roof rack and figuring out where to put the yak in my small apartment. I start with the solo (front and back pieces) and found it suited my needs. I like to go out fishing on the weekends and also get a little exercise by paddling where I want to go. The seams don't line up perfectly and have tried a few things to close the seam but even when it's closed, water still comes in through it so I've just lived with it. I wear board shorts when kayaking since you're going to get a little wet regardless. The solo doesn't track as well as adding the middle piece but if you're out by yourself, you're actually better off not using the mid section to try and add stability. I notice when it's just me the front end sticks up way out of the water and wind will catch it like a sail. If you're going out with someone else, their weight in the front brings it down a little, but the front will still stick up a little higher than most single piece yaks that I've seen. No problem though, I have a paddle and it's kind of understood when you're kayaking, you'll need to use the paddles. I've used this yak on both calm lakes and some river rapids. Nothing too crazy just a few spots that really picked up the pace. It went over the rocks pretty well and it's kinda funky that the boat kinda "waves" as it goes over rocks but it's 3 pieces, so I figured that would happen anyways.
The 2 piece fits just fine but adding the 3rd piece to my SUV makes it so I can't really see out the back. Again, no problem as it does take up some room. I imagine this kayak won't fit everyones needs as not all cars would be able to carry even the two pieces. I wasn't able to see this in person so I bought it and hoped for the best. Well, I'm glad I took the leap as I've had a lot of fun outings with it and have caught plenty of fish (of course, the yak didn't do much there other than put me in the water off the shore lol).
I purchased the Point 65 North Tequila Solo GTX recently. I live in a condo and have a Nissan Sentra Sedan ant this seemed to be a practical option for me. It turns out that I have been nothing but thrilled with this fantastic recreational sit on top. I have used it around the Chesapeake Bay estuaries at the mouth of the York River and it has performed wonderfully. I have taken it out in over 10 knot winds and this thing handles like a dream going into the wind. With the wind at my back the tracking suffers but nothing that ruins the trip.
Once you figure it out this Kayak is very simple to put together and take a part. I am a woman and I have no trouble doing so by myself. In fact, while others are having to tie their kayaks down or get them on the roof. I am finish so much quicker by just putting the stern section in my trunk (with the back seats down and the bow section over it in the back seat section with the bow sticking out the back window about a foot. It is so easy and quick for me to load and unload.
I have taken this out on 4 mile excursions and believe even longer ones will be no problem. Though the sit on top is not as fast as a longer sit in, you have the luxury of sitting with you feet over the edge and laying back relaxing. So it might take you longer to go 10 miles but you will have a lot of options to bet comfortable. This is a stable kayak and it would be hard to flip it.
I have practice with self rescue and this kayak was fine to get back in with some practice. Do not worry that this is a snap together, this thing is pretty darn solid and you will not even notice that it is actually two pieces when you are out on the water. And it stays dry! The only water I have had get in the kayak is from my paddle! This is a great all around recreation sit on top Kayak. I am thrilled with it and plan to by a second one soon.
This is a Great kayak if you have limited storage space and limited car space! A great, convenient kayak that fits into my Sentra (with the bow sticking out a little of my back window) so I can take it anywhere! Thank you Point 65 North for this!
Bottom line: Ingenious idea, wish it was mine! This kayak gives up very little in performance for the flexibility to convert between a solo and tandem, and ability to store, transport, and portage. Does it have more flex than a one-piece? Sure. Can you really add an infinite number of middle sections? No, at least not if you want to paddle somewhere. But for a single or double, great concept, great execution.
Point65 makes excellent composite and racing kayaks, so great to see them enter the recreational market with elements of these kayaks. The Tequila is the lower end of their modular lineup, but is still among the best of the recreational kayaks. The linear polyethylene used by Point65 is similar to that of the Hobie's, much higher quality than most other rec boats. Like the Hobie's it is easily weldable/repairable too.
Minor items to improve: Better deck hardware (cheap/easy to replace), more solid lock (3 buckles instead of two?), and carry handles to better hold the individual pieces - particularly on the mid-section. My kayak is a bit older (2012) and pre-rudder/skeg, but still tracks relatively well.
When we tried it out on our closest lake, the solo version, as expected, didn't track real straight due to it's short length, but it was controllable. Since we bought this to use mainly as a tandem on camping trips, it was a big disappointment to find tracking almost nonexistent when using 3 sections. It liked to go left & right without trying, but not straight. I glued on 2 "Kayak Skeg Tracking Fins" available at Amazon ($18 or $19ea.). I couldn't mount one on the center line since it wouldn't fit the contour, so put one on each side of the center on the rear section. Works great & tracks very well now!
One other complaint, with my 6'2" ht. & 34" inseam, I needed one more notch for my feet than what is provided, causing my knees to interfere with paddling. I get around this by extending my legs flat and resting my feet in the storage compartments along the side. I have to sit in the rear, and my Teva sandals allow my feet to be comfortable this way.
Maybe because we are older, I needed to add much better seats, which we found at West Marine. And now we are pretty happy with it. We usually paddle for an hour or two on the scenic lake where we like to camp.
Although amazingly stable, when the wind blows it does track away a bit but that's what paddles were made for. I love the new acquisition and can't wait to put the middle plug and have my spouse or my awesome Black Lab in front.
All goes together easily even though the seams don't mate well & with only one retaining strap on each side with a total of four straps to hold the three pieces together. When practicing a rollout & recovery in my pool, the seam from the rear & middle sections opened a bit on one side allowing the 3" 'tooth' from the middle section to pull free from it's socket & wedge against the body. I had to undo the straps & reconnect WHILE IN THE WATER before I could practice re-entering the kayak!
My lady & I practiced a rollout & the same thing happened. After pulling the kayak from pool & resetting all connection points, we lifted the kayak from each end & the kayak separated again under it's own weight. Not good at all! My lady refused to consider the use of this yak (you all know what THAT means, LOL!).
A simple fix might be to add additional straps to the seams underneath the kayak to help hold it together. In addition, we were not happy with the stability of this kayak. The flat bowl shaped bottom & narrow 29" width make this kayak a bit unstable in comparison to wider 1-piece yaks which have contours built into the outside rails, similar to a pontoon running the length of each side for stability with the center section raised a bit above the water to scup water from the interior..
The concept is of a three piece, take anywhere tandem or solo yak is appealing. The price and execution is not.
After some discussion with LL Bean, the kayak was returned. LL Bean was great throughout the entire process and after some gentle prodding, also returned the $60 oversize shipping fee. I'll be buying from them again..
Having said that all kayaks do not suit everybody and I'm sure there is a recreational sit on top kayak out there that suits you better. That it has fatal flaws and that I should be ashamed is however pretty strong language considering all the happy paddlers I meet. I'm proud of the Tequila! and can strongly recommend it based on the continuous positive feedback I get."
Convenience is the strength of this kayak. Performance is not. The Tequila doesn't track well. When I stop paddling to coast for a moment the boat takes a right turn.
I recommend this boat for those looking for a simple and flexible kayak for around a lake house, and casual flat water paddling.
There is one drawback-- it tracks poorly. You've got to handle it almost like a canoe, varying each stroke to accommodate its wayward bow, which is always wanting to duck this way or that. I should also mention, it does not handle big waves well (but that is not an issue for me in mountain lakes). You wouldn't want to take it out in the ocean, though.
If only they could help the tracking somehow! Maybe the shorter length of the boat (it JUST fits into my SUV) makes that impossible. But I love that now 3 people and 3 kayaks can be carried on/in my car. That's a first!