Must-Have Tandem Kayaking Accessories
When you are buying a tandem kayak, it is important to make sure that you are getting the best accessories to go along with your boat. Even if you have owned your kayak for some time, you might still want to buy some new accessories to improve the experience you are having with your kayak. These accessories are ones that have been identified as among the kayaking accessories that riders find the most useful in keeping the experience enjoyable.
Kayaking Seat Pad
If you are planning a long kayaking trip, you will be in a seated position for hours at a time. It is important to get the tandem kayak seat pad that allows you to stay comfortable even when seated for hours at a time.
Look for models that feature a cushion that will not be crushed by you sitting on it for hours at a time. These should also be waterproof to make sure that even if they get wet that you will not have to worry about any mold growing on them at any given time. I personally have the High-Back Gel Paddle Saddle in all my tandem kayaks so both of the people in the kayak can be as comfortable as possible for hours and hours.
Get a Better Life Vest
Always make sure that you are getting the best life vest while you are riding in your tandem kayak. This is because even experienced riders will face the possibility of capsizing on occasion.
With a great life vest, you will not have to worry about drowning even in rough rapids. These also offer protection from a punctured lung by padding the entire chest area. The design of the life vest is such that you will have less material in the arm area which makes it possible that you will be able to have better range of motion for paddling. The best life vest we know of is the O’Neill Superlite USCG Life Vest.
Get a Better Paddle
Don’t get stuck up the creek without a paddle. That is much more than just a funny saying as you would know if you ever had to endure that type of experience before on the water. You will need to have a great double sided paddle with a scoop shape. This will make sure that you will be able to get more push while you are paddling and will assure that you are able to paddle on both sides of the boat without having to stop.
The faces of the paddles should be at a slight angle to one another so it is easier to make sure that the paddle is always entering the water at the right angle. Also, assure that the paddle has a hand stop so you will be able to use more force without your hand slipping. The best paddles we can recommend are the Carlisle Magic Plus Kayak Paddles.
Keep it Dry with a Dry Bag
Since you will be on a boat with water everywhere, you will need to make sure that you are getting the best dry bag available. When you are on the tandem kayak, you will be able to keep this inside of the vessel or strapped to the top with important gear tucked safely inside.
Just make sure that when you are purchasing these that you are buying the kinds of bags that will completely contain all of your gear and can be easily tucked away until you are ready to use them. One of the best dry bags is the Baja Dry Sack by SealLine