I get this question a lot and there’s isn’t one correct answer. The answer depends on a few things that we will discuss. First we’ll go over which to pick, a double or a couple of singles. We will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each choice. We will then talk a little about a few things to keep in mind when picking out your double or singles.
So first things first, which type of kayak is best for you and your paddling partner. Double kayaks offer a togetherness that some couples crave. Doubles typically are in that mid length range making them ideal for river, lake or coastal paddling and they can be easier on the budget than 2 singles. Doubles are starting to see some design love from kayak makers with nicer seats and more accessories, though you can expect to pay a bit more for all the bells and whistles. Some of the negative of a double kayak could be that togetherness we discussed earlier, they aren’t referred to as divorce boats for nothing. If you are looking to fish a double isn’t the best platform for 2 folks to try and cast, carry multiple rods and equipment. It can get cramped in a hurry.
Now 2 singles might be something to look at. They offer each paddler a particular kayak for their style of paddling or fishing. If one person wants to go paddling, they have their boat and don’t have to wait on someone else to join them. If you plan to fish, its much easier if every angler has their own kayak and can outfit and load it as they wish for their personal comfort. Couple of negatives are that you most likely will be spending more money to buy 2 kayaks and transportation is just a bit more of something to consider than one double.
A couple of items to consider when picking your kayaks. I hear a lot that someone is interested in kayaking and they hope that if they get a double their spouse might join them. I would suggest that if you want to start kayaking, that you buy a kayak for your kayak wants and needs. If your spouse is only joining you every so often then renting another single or a double might be better.
And a final note on shopping for 2 singles. I would suggest keeping kayaks within 2 feet in length of one another. Nothings worse than being in a 9 ft kayak trying to keep up for the other paddler in a 14 footer. They don’t have to be the same models but the closer in length the easier time both paddlers will have paddling together.

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