I was looking at tandem kayak that can be used by one person. After some research I finally had two options:
- Ocean Kayak Malibu 2XL
- FeelFree Gemini
I found Malibu 2XL for $800 in local store that has pond and tried it for a couple of minutes. I was expecting much better from it (tried with my wife along). So I decided to go with FeelFree Gemini just because I found a really great deal - $500.
Fist try on the water was in a windy day with small waves for about hour or two near Honeymoon Island, FL. It was something new, good and fun. After that trip we decided we needed better seats (still looking). The stock seats have low back support and I was sitting in the water all the time (finally put my life jacket under the seat that helped me to dry).
Second time, I decided to research little creek. I tried the kayak by myself. Kayak was great in calm water. It was very easy to navigate between trees and on sharp curves. Still was not hard to keep it straight. On my way back I decided to move seat closer to the middle. It helped with forward motion, but was not that easy to maneuver. In that situation I decided to move the seat back to its original position.
During the trip I had to come out to open lake with waives from wind and motor boats (Tarpon Lake, FL). Calm water was much better, but it was still okay, no issues with stability at all.
Kayak has two hatches to store small things. It can be difficult to get something from hatch while on the water, but I donít think you really should. Iíd better have my things dry. There is a small cargo area - I did not like its shape. I have a small plastic cooler and had trouble putting it into that space. The cargo area has shape for something other then plastic box.
It is a little heavy for me to put it on top of my RDX, but it's not an issue if you have a companion. Also, kayak does not have good handles that can be used by one person. That makes it even harder to load and handle. Again, this is not an issue for two people.
Overall good buy. Iím happy so far. Things I would change or improve:
-seats with higher back and thicker cushion
-side handles to carry by one person
-change shape of cargo area