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Old Town 15-Feet 3-Inch Dirigo Tandem Plus Recreational Double Kayak (Sunrise)

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  • Dual cockpit design with Old Town Cushioned seats and removable child/pet jumpseat (ideal for a passenger up to 60 lbs) in the oversized rear cockpit. Updated With New Click Seal Hatch
  • Rear bulkhead and innovative Old Town Click Seal hatch provide easy-access secure storage
  • In-cockpit thigh pads and foot braces offer comfort and control
  • Keep everything close at hand with a cup holder and glove box hatch for keys and wallet in front cockpit, and a cup holder and accessories tray on rear cockpit rim.
  • Dual paddle keepers, deck bungee, and retractable carry handles complete the impressive list of features for this customer favorite Old Town tandem kayak.
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A tandem version of Old Town's popular Dirigo Series of recreation kayaks. This breakthrough design gives you more-precise control while still offering large non-confining cockpits. Easy-access storage areas include a dashboard dry hatch for wallet, glasses or your cell phone. FEATURES: * OT Cushioned Seat * Click Seal hatch with bulkhead * Removable child/pet seat ideal for a passenger up to 60 lbs * Glove box hatch for keys, wallet * Thigh pads * Adjustable foot braces * Retractable carry handles * Paddle holder * Cup holder * Deck bungee * Stabil-form™ hull design SPECIFICATIONS: * Length: 15' 3" / 4.7 m * Width: 29.5" / 74.9 cm * Front Cockpit: 19.75" x 39.75" / 50.2 x 101 cm * Cockpit: 20" x 49.5" / 50.8 x 125.7 cm * Deck Height: 14" / 35.6 cm * Weight 80 lbs / 36 kg * Max Load Range 425 - 475 lbs / 192.7 - 215.5 kg

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  • Shipping Weight: 75 pounds
  • ASIN: B004RMG31W
  • Item model number: 01.6835.0304
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,049 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Color: Sunrise Verified Purchase
"I do not like tandem kayaks." Having claimed so for decades, I will drop that mantra because the Dirigo tandem proved a delight. I have paddled it with people of varying abilities. It could be a favorite among my eight other boats.

It is relatively fast for what it is. Two experienced paddlers working hard can top 6 mph. Paddling easily with an inexperienced partner, the boat cruises at over 4 mph. The seats are comfortable and adjustable; footpegs can be adjusted while seated; the rear seat can be positioned far enough forward to allow fairly trimmed solo paddling.

The kayak is pleasantly narrow for a recreational boat and very stable. Most striking is the roominess, seemingly yards of space between paddlers. Dual cockpits provide a sense of privacy but offer so much open space that the feet of the stern paddler are in daylight.

The design provides reasonable protection from spray. Intentionally paddling through boat wakes as a test, the kayak usually shipped no water. What the deck failed to shed, the cockpit coaming deflected. Aside from an occasional splash, the boat is generally dry. (I purchased two Seals Splash Deck skirts but found no need for them in warm weather and water. They will provide good protection in cooler weather while leaving a wide cockpit opening.)

The three layer polyethylene is much better than single layer poly. It is inherently buoyant and should resist the "oil-can effect" common with cheaper material, i.e., the tendency of the hull to deform.

Listed at 80 pounds (seems lighter), the boat is easy enough to shoulder because of the easy grip the cockpit affords. I am an old 130 pounds and have no trouble loading it atop a car solo.
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We have used this kayak for two persons only, so we removed the third seat in order to get more room in the middle. My son and a friend took it on a camping/kayaking trip up the Hudson River for three days. My husband and I took it on three trips of 4-5 hours duration each.

The best feature of this kayak is the seats. They are padded and extremely comfortable. You can adjust the seat positions fore-and-aft (slide on a rail), plus you can adjust the angle of the seatbacks. The seats are far enough apart so that the two paddlers can paddle out-of-sync without hitting their paddles against each other - this is a MAJOR convenience. There are also adjustable footrests.

Another good feature is the hull shape. It is flat for the entire mid-section where the paddlers sit. So it doesn't tip from side-to-side as you paddle. It has a small skeg molded into the hull, but no rudder. It tracks straight and handles choppy water well.

The two sealable compartments are also a plus. My son used the rear one for all his camping gear - sleeping bags, tents, dehydrated meals. Even if you don't need the storage room, it's nice to have a large sealed-off area just for the flotation benefit in case of capsize. I like the forward little compartment for a camera - wish it were bigger.

I am not a kayak expert. I didn't realize how wonderful this kayak is until we rented another model on vacation. The rental kayak tipped every time you paddled, had hard, unadjustable seats, and the seats were so close that the paddlers had to be 100% in sync with each other to keep the paddles from hitting each other. I kept wishing that I were in the Old Town Dirigo instead.
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When you buy a tandem, you pretty much know you're not getting a sleek rapid shooting missile. For me, as long as I'm buying a tandem, I might as well embrace the size and weight of it. It is as long as my car, weighs 80lbs and be a challenge to muscle around.

The size/weight can be largely overcome with the proper rack setup and a good kayak cart. Once these issues have been addressed, you can then reap all the benifits of the size and weight in the water. I have found it to be very stable all around, with proper paddling skills it can maneuver just fine.

The size shines when it comes to comfort and storage. We are planning on doing some kayak camping and there is plenty of room for camping gear and food storage. For our intended use of a kayak, I say go big or go home!

Regarding getting this at Amazon, it's a no brainer! Shipping was free and the price was below average, with both considered it's literally hard to find a better deal out there.

Happy kayaking!
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Color: Sunrise
Although I don't own this kayak, I rented one for a day of paddling with my 8yo in Assateague Bay, MD. I'm now contemplating selling one of my singles to buy this tandem.

The boat was very sturdy, tracked straight, was very comfortable (granted we made short trips), and I was impressed overall. The dry hatches kept everything completely dry. Seats were very comfy. My son laid back and relaxed most of the trip (I uploaded a picture), and I did most of hte paddling. I had no problem keeping up with Daddy in one of my solos, with me paddling it alone. On another day, all three of us piled in and my 8 year old sat on the "hump" in the 2nd seat. I was mindful not to whack him while paddling, but it was nice that we all could cram in comfortably for a short paddle to a secret swimming hole, w/o having to lug around two boats.

Overall I was very happy with it, and as I said, am contemplating selling one of my solos to buy it. The only thing that is holding back my decision is whether I want 2 solos or a solo and tandem kayak, as I don't know that I want to be in that close of proximity to some of my paddling friends :P
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