Is a single or double kayak easier?

When you’re deciding to invest in a kayak, there are a number of choices to be made. One of these is whether you’re going to be kayaking alone or with a partner. If it’s the latter, you may want to consider a tandem kayak. As the word “tandem” suggests, these types of kayaks are for two people paddling together.

FOR YOUR FAMILY

Tandem kayaks are a great option for your family – not only can your little ones join you, but the vessel is more stable than one person kayaks. They are also paddling with you, making it easier than solo kayaks to keep an eye on your child while on the water.

If you don’t have kids, what about taking your furry friend? It’s a safe way to allow your dog to enjoy the adventure with you, too.

FOR STABILITY AND SPEED

While the extra speed isn’t a given (we’ll come to that!), the stability certainly is.

Tandem kayaks are wider, so simple physics tells us that they are more stable than their solo equivalents.

The larger contact area with the water makes it less likely that the boat will tip. The different centre of gravity means that you can even stand up in a tandem kayak without it tipping over!

Even larger one person kayaks aren’t as wide as a tandem, meaning that they can’t compete in terms of stability.

Turning to speed, because tandem kayaks are wider, you may be thinking they are slower than their solo siblings. However, the tandem kayaks are longer, often making them more aerodynamic. The hull shape also makes them more able to cut through the water, with less resistance.

 

 

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