Anyhow.... dream tandem aside, it was time to try something new at around the £500-700 price point. I opted for the very popular Feelfree Gemini Sport.
Feelfree Gemini Sport Tandem Kayak
Lets take a closer look at this kayak and its features....
Hull Design of the Feelfree Gemini Sport
The stable hull will make the Gemini Sport a comfortable kayak to fish from, however with plenty of stability comes not so much speed. It's not going to be the fastest kayak around, and certainly not as fast as my single person fishing kayak but i'll only be heading out in the tandem in calm and light breeze conditions. The bow has some degree of sharpness to it, and is no where near as bulbous as the RTM Ocean Duo / Ocean Kayak Malibu 2. It's not going to be a racing snake but at least the bow should it cut through the water well. A fairly thick keel line runs the length of the hull, becoming more prominent towards the stern. This will aid the kayak remain in a straight line when paddling from A to B.
Feelfree use medium density polyethylene (MDPE) in their hull construction and the plastic has a good thickness to it so there should be little issue with durability with this kayak. It feels a very solid and robust kayak, and the build quality and quality of fixings is good.
Feelfree Gemini Sport Features
There is also a moulded-in hole at the very back. This is for the installation of a Feelfree Skeg if needed. This is to aid with straight line tracking but i don't think i'll be needing one.
Whilst great for firm surfaces, it is useless for soft sand! The weight of the kayak causes it to dig in and not work. Not the end of the world though as you can just drag the kayak on soft sand like a sledge, without causing any damage to the kayak.
I have heard people say that the wheel will cause drag in the water and make the kayak slower. Now, theres some element in truth here - there will be some extra drag caused by the wheel if compared to having no wheel and a continuous keel line. But this is a kayak we are talking about, not a speed boat. I don't expect two paddlers to be able to paddle this kayak at much more than 3.5 knots, and at such speeds that wheel is going to have negligible effect. I'd be surprised if it makes 0.1 knots of difference!
Feelfree Gemini Sport - Seat and Paddles
The back of the seat has some bungee, enough to shove a jacket in, or a small dry bag. The only niggle with these seats are the clips. It would have been nice to see brass clips here, or stainless karabiners. Instead the clips are zinc plated which will leave them prone to corrosion if not rinsed off after use in saltwater. It would be simple enough to put on brass or stainless clips if needed though. Other than that these seats are very good. The seats cost £60 each if brought separately and again not cheap crap thrown in a package deal. A thumbs up from me.
I will be using this for a handful of kayak fishing sessions each year when the better half can be persuaded onto the water. It has to be a certain temperature and negligible winds for this to occur so i will only be using this in calmer conditions on the coast and for this the Gemini Sport will perform well. A few modifications/additions are needed to turn the Gemini Sport into a fishing kayak and i will be installing a couple of flush-mount-rod holders at the back to hold the rods whilst paddling, an anchor trolley kit so that i can anchor the kayak, and perhaps a trolling rod holder or two.
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If you have any questions, feel free to comment below and i'll do my best to answer. Time to rig this kayak for fishing!