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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|Package Height||24 x 36 x 144 inches|
|Shipping Weight||75 pounds|
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We love this boat! We have the Plus model purchased it in 2013 so this is a real long term review. This is our third recreational tandem kayak, the first a perception keowee II,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mr Moto
It's been over a year now, and I'm just getting around to writing my review...I'm glad I waited, because my review carries more weight after using this kayak over an extended... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ang DePriest
very stable and awesome kayak. yest it is heavy but great in the waterPublished 23 months ago by Kindle Customer
This came when promised. It does weigh about 80 lbs but with a kayak caddy it is no problem to move it about. I use it by myself and also take my daughter or a friend. Read morePublished on May 5, 2014 by David P. Martin
Delivered in great condition by ABF Freight. Definitely took two of us to load it on top of my 2012 Rav4. I used a Yakima Evenkeel Universal Kayak Saddle to mount it. Read morePublished on April 11, 2014 by Randy
My son and I bought this last winter with hopes of paddling around the northwest. We have taken it out several times now and it has worked fantastic. Read morePublished on August 17, 2013 by TopJimmy
The kayak arrived with a split in the top center support and sides and bottom had been scraped. Somebody's idea of proper packaging for this kayak was to wrap it in a single layer... Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by P. Damask
It worked out very well. My husband and I enjoy kayaking together. Now we only have to take one kayak and still have plenty of room for a grandchild and/ or snorkel gear. Read morePublished on July 6, 2013 by Sherry Vore
I bought this as a replacement for an older tandem blown away in a windstorm. Works fine for bay and tidal river kayaking that my guests and I do, and roomy enough for 2 plus small... Read morePublished on June 11, 2013 by Wallace Kaufman