Gear Watch: Point 65 Modular Kayaks

August 9, 2011

Looking for a recreational kayak for two? No, wait, for one? Used to be that you had to buy two separate boats to have both. Now you can have it all with a single modular kayak from Point 65, a Swedish company that has recently begun offering its wares through L.L. Bean and other U.S. retailers.

Point 65 modular boats separate in the middle into a front and aft portion. Two simple cam buckle systems (the “Snap-Tap System”) secure the sections together and can be attached or disassembled in under a minute. (It’s true; I tested one out this past weekend.) To convert the boat into a tandem, simply add in a third middle section and voila! you have a boat built for two. Not only do you gain versatility, you can also avoid strapping the boat to the roof of your vehicle (assuming you’ve got a roomy SUV or truck that can accommodate the sections, which range from 4-foot-8 to 5-foot-7).

Point 65 offers two models: a sit-on top design called the Tequila! and a closed cockpit design dubbed the Martini. (Note: Please, please don’t drink either while you’re on the water.) Most retailers sell the kayaks as solo boats ($579 for the Tequila! at L.L. Bean) with the middle section sold separately ($400). The Martini is $750 and $549, respectively. (L.L. Bean doesn’t stock it yet; it’s new this year.)

The concept is so simple, it’s remarkable that this type of boat is a recent innovation. I would expect other boat manufacturers to jump on board (hah) in the years ahead.

Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.

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Equipped blogger Matt Heid is AMC's gear guru: He loves gear and he loves using it in the field. While researching several guidebooks, including AMC's Best Backpacking in New England, he has hiked thousands of miles across New England, California, and Alaska, among other wilderness destinations. He also cycles, climbs, and surfs.