Maxxon 2-Man Inflatable Kayak: The Security of a Bailer When You Need It
The rugged Maxxon 2-man inflatable kayak is the only tandem IK under $1000 on the market that is backed by a 5-year, bow to stern warranty. This MK-1205 model is offered in two styles — as a self-bailing or a self-bailing/non self-bailing watercraft.
A Look at the Kayak
The Maxxon 2-man inflatable kayak is a new design which was launched in 2010. It offers all the specs and features you are looking for in a tandem inflatable kayak.
- Dimensions/weight: 12.5' x 37.4" / 55 lbs
- Interior width: 17"
- Tube Diameter: 10.2"
- Capacity: 2 adults
- Chambers: 2 + 1
- Top Material: 1100 Denier 32 oz PVC fabric
- Two adjustable seats
- Paddles, bellows foot pump, carry bag, repair kit
- Warranty: 5 years
- Available in blue or red
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Self-Bailing or Convertible?
The $999 whitewater Maxxon 2-man inflatable kayak is made of rugged 1,100 Denier 32 oz fabric on the top and 3,300 Denier 36 oz material on the bottom that has been specially coated on both sides with PVC. The fabric is high resistant to abrasions and sunlight, and is sealed at the seams with polyurethane based glue.
Which style would be right for you? The non self-bailing floor is sealed to the outer tubes. If water gets inside the kayak, it stays until you scoop it out. It costs less than the convertible model, but these types of inflatables should only be used in calm water.
The Maxxon 2-man kayak with self-bailing floor can handle whitewater. The floor has ½" water evacuation holes so that any water that comes in will flow across the surface to the perimeter edges of the floor and drain out. The bailer holes are located inside the kayak at the bottom but still above the waterline so water is able to drain off constantly. The convertible inflatable kayak can be paddled with the caps on making it water tight and dry for calm water, or pop the caps off the bailers quickly when approaching whitewater rapids.
Good Value, Great Option
The Maxxon 2-man inflatable kayak is a durable craft for a solo traveler taking a multi-day float and is roomy enough for two with some light gear for a day trip. The non-bailing floor is the less expensive model, but it has some disadvantages; specifically, if water collects in the boat it will be heavier and harder to paddle. The self-bailing floor is your best option for all water conditions but especially for whitewater since water will drain off in seconds, leaving the kayak responsive and maneuverable when getting around rocks and hazards. Both kayak styles offer good quality for the price and come backed by an excellent 5-year warranty.
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