Paddling the W500 in Tandem: Kayak Review by Ann, North Carolina

My husband is unable to paddle due to many disabilities. However, I have 2 paddles and when he is along and we want to turn, I holler rudder right or rudder left and he puts his paddle straight down and we can turn "on a dime". I enjoy his company and sure, it is extra weight, but I do not feel unstable. I am getting a little extra workout but that is a benefit in my opinion. I also have the joy of sharing the beautiful environment with the guy I love most and that means so much.As for tandem kayaking, it depends on where you are. On the intracoastal in a mild wind, 8 mph, my friend and I do not need any experience except more muscle in our forearms. The W is very stable and everyone who has been in my W has enjoyed it immensely.Almost 70,

My husband is unable to paddle due to many disabilities. However, I have 2 paddles and when he is along and we want to turn, I holler rudder right or rudder left and he puts his paddle straight down and we can turn “on a dime”.
I enjoy his company and sure, it is extra weight, but I do not feel unstable.
I am getting a little extra workout but that is a benefit in my opinion. I also have the joy of sharing the beautiful environment with the guy I love most and that means so much.

As for tandem kayaking, it depends on where you are. On the intracoastal in a mild wind, 8 mph, my friend and I do not need any experience except more muscle in our forearms. The W is very stable and everyone who has been in my W has enjoyed it immensely.

Almost 70,

Ann


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8 Comments

  1. Jeff McGovern

    Reading her short letter I see someone who is getting great joy from the W. That is what it is all about. Yoav, the fact that those folks gets that much joy from your creation is the best kind of reward.

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    Indeed it is, Jeff.

  3. Rox

    Ann, God Bless you, Almost 70 and still paddling. 🙂

    I’m sure your Husband is grateful to be the rudder, and enjoy the benefits of being
    out on the water and taking in the fresh air.

    Nothing Better then the great outdoors with someone you love, it fills the soul.

    God Bless, and Paddle safe all.
    Rox

  4. mike ratigan

    Ann,
    What a beautifully uplifting article to read on this cold and snowy winter day. Thanks so much for sharing that with us.

    Mike Ratigan

  5. Ann

    This spring I’ll forward pictures. I am joining The Cape Fear Paddler’s Assoc. and hope to have some great experiences with the W.

    Also, I’ll take pictures of the nice way my husband has arranged for launching from the dock (without scratching it) and easy removal from the water to the dock. Everyone (other websites discussing kayaks) said that launching from a dock would be difficult. With the W, it is absolutely no problem.

    Ann

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    Update:

    Ann asked me not to have her last name on her review, for personal reasons.
    Normally, we don’t publish customer reviews that are not accompanied by photos, and we don’t publish reviews that do not feature the author’s full name, and state.
    Although this review still doesn’t include photos, and no longer features its author’s full name, we decided to leave it in its place, because we find it to be particularly significant.

    Thanks Ann,

    Yoav

  7. B M Surplus

    Way to go! Keep paddling away! Those who are snowed-in are envious of those of you in the south who have nice weather to paddle in.

  8. Gary Johnson

    Welcome aboard Ann. Prepare yourself for some funny looks and maybe even some rude comments from other kayak owners when they talk about your W-500. Non-owners can get right obnoxious when they see you being able to do things they just dream about – like staying dry, having your husband who I take is disabled, yet being able to enjoy paddling.

    Gary J

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