Tandem kayaks are great for spending time on the water with a friend or family since they can accommodate more than one person. It has also been shown that they are more stable and faster than single-person kayaks, so you will be able to go farther than you would otherwise. In addition, we cannot undervalue the sense of camaraderie and fun that comes with participating in joint activities.
In our review today, we will be examining an incredibly versatile tandem kayak that Ocean Kayak produced:
At Malibu Kayaks, we design recreational kayaks for families, fishing kayaks for professional anglers, and diving kayaks for the more adventurous kayaker. In the beginning, they were kayak retailers before moving into the manufacturing business. Their move was motivated by the belief that they could create better kayaks than what was available on the market after analyzing their customers' needs, unique preferences, and regional needs.
With their start in kayak production in 1999, they have introduced the Pro Explorer, Extreme, Pro 2 Tandem, X-Factor Mini-X, Sierra 10, and the more recent Ranger series. Although the Sierra 10 and the Ranger Series are sit-in-side kayaks, ALL Malibu kayaks are constructed for dry seating, stability, and versatility, including sit-on-top models.
The following are a few things you should keep in mind before purchasing a kayak:
A limited lifetime warranty is included with every Malibu Kayaks product purchased from an authorized Malibu Kayaks dealer. This warranty ensures your kayak has no manufacturing material defects or artistry issues. So, whether you consider investing in one or not, you have peace of mind. Details on this can be found on their website or in the owner's manuals that accompany the purchase.
A kayak is made of linear polyethylene plastic, which is ultra-high density, durable, and recyclable (once the kayak has completed its journey). As a standard feature, they come with skid plates designed to protect the bow and stern stems of the kayaks against impacts and abrasions. An inflatable kayak can be used for maneuvering through rough waters or when a kayak runs aground.
In accommodating extra paddlers, tandem kayaks typically lose out on storage space. Ocean Kayak worked around this obstacle by making creative use of other sections of the Malibu Two to get around it.
Three round Gaspachi hatches can be installed on the Ocean Kayaks Malibu 2 and Malibu 2 XL; one has an oval cross lock hatch at the center. You may also find bow and stern straps or bungee storage compartments to hold your gear on the boat. On the bow left and the hard right side of the boat are two side bungee handles with paddle holders.
As a result of their molded-in seat wells, the Malibu 2 has a lower center of gravity than other sit-on-top kayaks, making it easier to balance the kayak. Your comfort plus seatbacks can be hooked up in either of these seat wells, either in the middle of paddling solo or in the stern and bow seats when you are paddling in tandem. A patented overlapping footwell design ensures that the paddler has a comfortable foot brace that is crucial to making paddling easier.
You can control the water accumulation in the cockpit from the drain by inserting a screw-in drain plug into the hole, which is watertight and provides a watertight fit. It is essential to have this drainage system on board to help cool the cockpit on sweltering days. The water can become very uncomfortable in freezing temperatures, and a watertight plug can be of great assistance.
The molded-in handles provide added convenience on both sides of the kayak and the bow and stern toggle handles. For the size of the kayak, the superlinear polyethylene plastic is also relatively light in weight. Its size, weight, and ergonomic handle design make it easy to handle both on and off the water.
Ocean Kayak's Malibu Two is an excellent initial investment since it is an all-around kayak. You can use it for various expeditions such as diving, recreational paddling, snorkeling, and angling. Having this option will allow you to go out with family or friends while leaving the possibility open for a solo mission. There are other options like the Stealth-9 you may want to check out for those looking for a fishing-specific kayak.