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Reviews for Rambler 13.5 Tandem Kayak by Perception Sport


Rated: 7.5/10 Based On: 4 Reviews

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07-01-2014
Submitted by: Aaron StadlerSend Email
Rating: 7 of 10

     I weigh approximately 140 pounds and stand five-feet ten-inches. The Rambler 13.5 is roomy and tracks well with two adult paddlers. With the exception of having to work harder, it's not a problem paddling alone from the rear when my girlfriend wants to take a break up front.

The Rambler 13.5 is extremely stable. I can stand up in the boat in calm waters while another person is paddling without an issue. The great stability makes it easy to get in and out of the Rambler 13.5 from the water. I have taken the Rambler 13.5 out on the Intracoastal Waterway, ocean bays, a large lake, and the open ocean.

While the Rambler 13.5 remains very stable in rougher waters, the wide flat bow prevents the kayak from cutting through the waves and instead crashes into each wave. This slows down the forward momentum. Therefore, I would not recommend this boat if speed is important to you. Although crashing through the waves will ensure a wet ride in rougher waters, the scupper holes do a great job draining the water out.

The Rambler 13.5 becomes less responsive when you weigh it down closer to its weight capacity but that is to be expected. I was able to pack three adults into the Rambler 13.5, which took the weight up to just under 500 pounds with gear. At that weight the Rambler 13.5 remained stable in a moderately rough ocean bay. However, you definitely have to work hard to control the Rambler 13.5 when you put that much weight on there. The Rambler 13.5 is not designed for three adults but it gave me a good idea of how far I could push the weight capacity.

The molded-in foot wells are a little small for my foot which can make it a little uncomfortable paddling barefoot so I generally wear sandals. My biggest qualm with the Rambler 13.5 is the weight of the kayak (78 pounds). I am unable to put this kayak on my car and carry the kayak to the launch site or storage area by myself. Even with another person helping, it can be a workout, but most tandems are big and heavy.

Overall I would say the Rambler 13.5 is a good tandem kayak if you are on a budget. I have great times getting out on the water and exploring with a friend.

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05-28-2014
Submitted by: Jerry RussellSend Email
Rating: 5 of 10

     I have a 12-year old lab that has issues with mobility and I bought this kayak so I could take him with me. Its is sluggish to paddle and heavy to move, but PERFECT for taking a well-behaved large dog
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09-26-2013
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Rating: 9 of 10

     Purchased this boat in August. Very stable, tracks well, paddles smoothly either tandem or solo, and is very comfortable. My wife and I love it!
My only negative is it's a bit heavy (74 lbs.). However, it has a very good weight capacity which makes this a great boat for fishing, diving, and camping.

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05-21-2013
Submitted by: JSend Email
Rating: 9 of 10

     Just got this boat and using it to take friends out on the water. Seats can be positioned to use as a tandem of single sit-on-top. Love this boat; very stable comfortable maneuverable and just plain fun.

I have several kayaks and this one is perfect for getting couples dogs or by myself. It is a little heavy but would be nice for hauling gear for kayak camping trip. Would definitely recommend this boat.

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