If you and a family member are planning to take up the pastime of kayaking, your first order of business will be to buy the gear that you need. At the top of this list is the kayak itself. When it comes to buying a kayak, you'll need to consider your options. It might seem tempting to buy a pair of kayaks, but another option is to buy a tandem boat — this term describes a kayak that is built to seat two people. While there are advantages to each person having his or her own boat, there are several good reasons to buy a tandem kayak.
Storage And Transportation Are Easier
It's always important to think about how you'll store all of the large sporting goods that you buy. A kayak is obviously sizable, which means that it will take up a fair amount of space in your garage or wherever you choose to keep it. If you were to buy two boats, you'd need a considerable amount of free space to store them. Upon choosing a tandem kayak, however, you won't need nearly as much space for storage. It's also good to think about transporting your boat(s) between your home and your local body of water. For many people, it's easier to fit one boat onto a set of roof racks than it would be to carry two boats.
Safer With Young Children
It's possible that you have a young child who wishes to go kayaking with you. If you were to own two boats, you might feel reluctant to have the child paddle his or her own boat. However, when you own a tandem kayak, you'll likely feel good about being out on the water together. When you and your young child are in the same boat, you'll likely feel that you have a better ability to keep him or her safe.
Kayaking can be a good activity for spending quality time with a family member, but challenges can arise when you're each in your own boat. In this scenario, you'd need to raise your voices to communicate with one another unless you're paddling side by side. You might not like the idea of yelling, especially if you're traveling through a quiet area. In a tandem boat, it's far easier to communicate naturally with the other person. Look for all sorts of kayaks at your local sporting goods retailer.