There was a lot of demand but hardly anything like it when the Sport Tandem was unveiled. This narrow, very fast double is perfect for athletic couples who want to really cover the miles for exercise, super-fast touring or winning races.
It proved to be an excellent sea kayak, coping with F5-6 winds and a 2m, breaking, beam sea. The Sport Tandem has an excellent turn of speed, averaging over 6mph for the 12.5 mile course and reached nearly 10mph in some exciting downwind, surf runs.
Alistair Hornsby, Oban Sea Kayak Race 2015
Most Sport Tandems are sold to people who have watched with dismay as one disappears over the horizon in front of them during a race. However, whilst intended for racing or working out, the Sport Tandem can still carry a large load of gear. This makes it ideal for multiple-day unsupported races or swift tours. Although it is also used in the Devizes to Westminster Marathon.
Hard chines permit a narrow waterline for speed with excellent secondary stability. A coordinated team can lean the Sport Tandem to carve turns. The stern has been designed to take a rudder – a good idea on a tandem of this length and straight-line tracking ability.
The kit includes:
This is intended for pre-build study or to help with the decision to purchase. This is the comprehensive manual that accompanies the kit; reading it will help you decide whether or not you can build the boat. It describes all of the techniques that will be used during the build and also a step by step guide to construction. It contains a photograph or diagram of every step.
If, later, you decide to purchase the kit the cost of this will be deducted from the kit price.
The manual does not contain the cutting instructions so it is not possible to build the boat from scratch using only this.
These plans and manual contain sufficient information on the cutting of the panels to make it possible to build the boat from scratch rather than a kit.
These study plans are intended to give you an overview of the construction of the boat. They are in PDF format that can be viewed using Adobe Reader. There are two pages and they measure 279 × 216 mm (11″ × 8½″). They can be printed for carrying around.
After credit card authorisation the plans will be sent to the email address put on the order form.
When you have studied the plans, your next step might be to order the printed instruction manual, which will walk you through the project step-by-step.