Best Budget Tandem Family Kayak For The Money! (2 adults + 1 child)

On Sale This Weekend Only For $423.99 normally $530!
https://www.westmarine.com/buy/west-marine–abaco-13-5-tandem-sit-on-top-kayak–14296065

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This is the best tandem kayak for a family in my opinion. It is priced well below many and holds an outstanding 550lbs! The tri-hull design offers phenomenal stability. The high gunnels keep you pretty dry for an sit on top kayak. Even in some beach surf launches we have been able to paddle in street clothes and not fear getting soaked. The hull is very solid and will handle a lot of abuse. The handles and hardware are well made. I like the molded in handles. This kayak has a deck hatch for dry in hull storage. Rear deck bungees are nice for strapping down dry bags. We have had as many as 2 adults and 2 small kids on this kayak with no problems. The kayak is technically a 3 seater. The center seat works well for kayaking solo, simply move the seat to center and remove additional clip in seat. The Abaco 13.5 doesn’t come with seats but the Perception Rambler 13.5 which is identical does include seats (see above purchase links). Overall a great family kayak in which my family has enjoyed a lot.

Sincerely,
KayakDIY
~Justin~

Comments

Big O! says:

I agree 100%. I had the Pescador Tandem for a long time and now have 2 pescador singles bc the kids can paddle themselves now. I still miss it, it was great using solo cause it had tons of room. GREAT channel, ive been following u for quite some time! Keep up the good work!!

Fishing Channel says:

that is a nice yak and so cheap too

Dimes On His Eyes says:

that’s really cool I am thinking about a new yak next year. this would be a great long range camping kayak.
so much room for activities.

rlabrune says:

I just bought the same kayak last month. I like the idea of utilizing the front forward space with the vertical placed hatch. How did you mount this hatch as the surface is not flat?

Dwayne Mcguire says:

man I think I made my mind up and buying the new pelican 120 getting it just over $660 not the NXT but just like it just have to put the back storage hatch on it and mounting brackets that’s it then its just like the NXT

cobbs says:

It is a very good kayak for its price point. I bought one three years ago for me and my two small boys. I do recommend it, but a couple things to keep in mind: 1) West Marine lists it at 74 lbs (70 when I bought it), but mine came in at 82. 2) It is stable in calm conditions, but you still have to keep everyone centered. When I took it out with my boys to a local lake, we all happened to lean at the same time to our left, just a bit, and we flipped. And getting back into a tandem with three people is a bit of a challenge for the last person bc there isn’t that much room, but it can be done with practice. 3) I took it out a few times as a single with the seat in the middle, and the seat caved in. It wasn’t much, about an inch, and you can pop it out, but something to keep in mind. But overall, it tracks well, and you can easily maintain 3mph cruising speed in calm conditions. Solid boat and we’ve spent countless fun hours on it fishing or lazing away an afternoon.

steven carter says:

i was just looking at this Yak model at West Marine last week.

Bucky Buckaroo says:

I saw an older video on building a DIY LED whip.  My question- would it be bright enough in bright daylight to be effective as a safety strobe for a recumbent trike in traffic?

Jerry Ehrlich says:

nice! I like that front deck hatch, I have been planning on putting one there too, check out my perception Rambler on my channel.

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