What kind of kayak should I buy… can a tandem be used solo?

I want to get a kayak that I can use with a family member. If I go solo can I use the second position for hauling fishing gear, beer, whatever?

1 thought on “What kind of kayak should I buy… can a tandem be used solo?

  1. marshmallowinferno Post author

    I was in that situation last year, my decision was to buy a single kayak 14′, with 2 hatches/rudder/knee brace and comfortable seat. Mine weighs 47lbs and add an extra 10lbs of gear, I was able to bring it to the beach on my own without any help. If family wants to come, they rent (for just $20/day). I am so glad that I made that decision, most of the time I go on my own. I can’t imagine paddling on my own in a tandem. I would be too big for me to handle.

    Best to ask the sales person who sells kayaks.

    Good luck, you’ll love kayaking…

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