Reliance Tandem Kayak





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Product Description

The Reliance 20-8 Tandem kayak is a comfortable and efficient two-person kayak design from Bear Mountain Boats.

As the name implies, this is a reliable boat with enough stability to be make kayaking comfortable in a range of weather conditions. The Reliance gives a calm, unhurried impression even when cruising at top speed.

The beam also provides plenty of volume for carrying cargo. The two watertight compartments can be accessed through optional deck hatches for stowing your gear and they provide buoyancy to keep the boat afloat in the event of a capsize.

Ted Moores of Bear Mountain Boats is the author of Kayakcraft, the standard reference book for wood-strip kayak building. The book is recommended to accompany the kit or plans. It is packed with tips and techniques and has inspired countless first-time kayak builders around the world.

6.3 m (20′ 8″)
Maximum beam
725 mm (28½″)
Beam waterline
685 mm (27″)
Beam gunwale
725 mm (28½″)
Bow height
405 mm (16″)
Centre depth
230 mm (9″)
231 kg (510 lb)
122 mm (4.8″)
Wetted surface
3.04 m² (32.7 sq ft)
Weight to immerse
145 lb/in
Prismatic coefficient
22.5-27 kg (50-60 lb)
Cockpit opening
785 × 432 mm (31″ × 17″)


We manufacture our kits to the highest standard using European-grown Paulownia for the planking strips. Uniquely, the strips in our Bear Mountain Boats kits have not only a bead-and-cove profile but also a pre-cut finger joint at each end, making the neat joining of strips even easier for builders at home.

The kit includes:

Please note that the kit does not include the box beam strongback for mounting the building forms on. You can either use a straight length of suitable timber or order the box-beam strongback we supply.

Hatches are not included as standard. There are many ways of making and fastening kayak hatches and we can supply the parts.

What else do I need?


This strongback is made up of CNC-cut MDF panels that fit together to form a strong and stiff box beam measuring 200 mm × 200 mm and long enough to build the boat.

Plans and Instructions (not required by kit purchasers)

The plans contain sufficient information to make it possible to build the boat from scratch rather than a kit. The plans are printed in colour and include scale plans and full size drawings for all the forms.