Rated 5 out of 5
áby DaisyExplorers Showing the Tequila some Love
We bought our Tequila in 2013. We love it! It answers a need with our family. With My wife and daughter also kayaking, we would have had to purchase both a tandem and solo kayak. This would have been problematic for storage and transportation.
Instead I bought a tandem and an additional middle section for a 3-person kayak configuration. All four pieces can fit in the back of our SUV (Toyota Hylander) and stores on shelves in our garage when not in use. We can now paddle solo, tandem or three people.
When kayaking solo, I take out the back seat of my Buick and I am able to fit the kayak inside my car (see photos). Assembly in any configuration is a breeze as long as its done in the water***. You can easily have your kayak out of the car and into the water and vice versa within minutes, no struggling to lift it on top of the car and saving time by not having to tie it down.
The only downside when kayaking in the three person configuration, the is no room in the car for the third person. Although the sectional kayak was not designed to go on top of the car, we do have a rack and it is possible to overcome this objection.
We've paddled in OH, NY, PA, MI, IN, and in Lake Erie, creeks, rivers, and reservoirs. We even took 3rd place in the tandem division of a kayak/canoe river race with it!
Not only would we buy the Tequila sectional kayak again, if we had to do it all over, but we would also recommend this to anyone that is interested in kayaking. We truly love the diversity it gives us, the easy storage, and transportation.
*** Do not portage the tandem assembled. Short distances are okay, but try to get as close to the water as possible before assembly. Boat ramps work best! Otherwise, the sections start to become 'undone', beginning to pop out of place, getting misaligned and putting pressure on the straps. Its easy enough to correct by turning the kayak over and stepping on the section to snap it back into place. But I've learned to just avoid this by putting the kayak together and taking it apart while still in the water.
April 23, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5áby Marylander59 Exceeded expectations
Bought two Tequilas, including the middle section for the flexibility. My wife and I took them out configured as solo on flat water on the Potomac River 3 miles from our home the first Saturday after they were delivered. Paddled around for an hour and they worked fine.
The next Saturday my adult son and I took them on the Potomac River starting a few miles above Harper's Ferry and paddling to Brunswick, about 10 miles in 4 hours, over rapids, some class II+, around rocks, through the current and flat water. They performed better than expected--stable in the rough water, paddled straight in the calmer water, comfortable sitting for several hours on end with the padded seats. Didn't tip over a single time. Super fun! Highly recommended!
September 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Tampapaddler Use it every day!
We have had our Tequila for several months and can?t say enough good things. It has made our shuttle to and from our favorite paddle spot so much easier. We always feel safe and comfortable when paddling and have no problems getting it together. I especially love that I can make it a one person kayak with ease and can load it into our car by myself. I?m not sure we would kayak as often if it were not for the Tequila! A big thanks to LL Bean for making our lives easier.
May 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby lennyO Great product!
For years our house size and local rules has kept us from owning a kayak. Out homeowner?s association does not allow us to keep a kayak outside and our garage is a little small for a long kayak. We came across the Tequila! And we couldn?t be happier. When we take it apart all 3 sections fit in our garage with our car and we still have lots of room. It is a lot of fun to paddle and one of our favorite things to do is go swimming when using it. It is very easy to climb back on when we take a dip to cool off. We hear you can keep adding sections so we may make it a three person boat.
May 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Livingonthebay We love our Tequila!!!
We just got our Tequila and literally have been using it every evening. Even our dog is big fan!!! Our Tequila is very stable, tracks great and so much easier for us to move around. With a history of back issues it was our smartest purchase yet!! It fits in SUV with a ton of room to spare. It is also very easy to put together and take apart. I highly recommend for all!!!
May 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
áby moosaki One of the first sold
I bought one of the first sold on line. It has served me well and I have used it solo, tandem on lake and flowing water. I went on a 3' waterfall with it upright with no damage. It drifts faster than my companion's sit inside kayaks. It does well scooting across shallows. It assembles easy but needs some effort to dissemble it. I have transported it on roof top carrier in the back of me SUV disassembled and in the back of pickups. It is a good boat and has given me years of trouble free service without any need of repair. I have used it in both fresh and salt water. It is a stable craft and I have yet to tip or roll it.
May 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Momof3kidsand6pets I LOVE my Tequila kayak
I've owned 6 pieces of Tequila Kayak for about 4 years. I love it because it is sturdy, durable, lightweight, easily transportable, easy to keep clean and store, and the best part is my 6 pieces can be snapped together in several different configurations. I can make two single kayaks, or two double kayaks, or one single and one triple kayak. My kids enjoy disassembling and reassembling them into different configurations in the Potomac River which is where we most often use it. Also each piece floats and they will also try to paddle around on single pieces of it. When put together the kayaks are very stable- my kids stand up and use as a paddleboard and they do flips off of it also. 6 kids can be entertained for hours at a time with this kayak system.
Another reviewer of this product says that it was nearly impossible to get the kayak apart after they carried it out of the water. It is not designed to be carried out of the water while snapped together. You are supposed to put the pieces together and take the pieces apart while you are standing in the water. In other words you carry the individual pieces (which weigh 24 lbs each - kids can carry them# down to the water and after you put them in the water then you float them together and snap/ratchet them into place before you get in. The process takes less then 30 seconds per connection. When you are done kayaking it is just as easy to separate the pieces if you have two people #who can be children- its quite simple to do this and requires no great strength). You get out of the kayak and stand alongside it in the water- do not take the kayak out of the water before separating the pieces. While the kayak is still floating one person pushes in the two ratchet tabs while the other pulls the pieces apart. They just float apart and again it takes less then 30 seconds per connection. There are videos on youtube from the manufacturer that demonstrate how to float the pieces together and float them apart if this is not clear.
One final thought to share- I drive a Honda Odyssey minivan and all 6 kayak pieces can fit in van when the last row of seats are folded down with the center-middle seat removed.
August 15, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5áby RVRunAMuk Great concept, but too many issues for us
Having kayaked for several years in Old Toon Loon 111, spouse and I thought the Point 65N Tequila Tandem would be an answer to our dream - we're looking at doing some serious travel but don't have space for the 2 kayaks we currently own and saw the modular tandem as a way to paddle together and then have the boat store in small areas.
The pieces connected fairly easily: on our boat the rachet's are just below the top rail on the inside of the sitting area. To disassemble was a major headache - one of us broke a few finger nails (not a happy camper for that) as they tried to get the pieces to pull and push at the same time to dis-engage.
Kayak can be ported about in a smallish SUV (Mazda Tribute) with the back seat folded down. We liked that we didn't need to park the massive pickup truck at the small parking lot where we like to launch.
We knew there were scupper holes in the foot sections of the kayak, but were not ready for the scuppers in the seat area - so yes, we got wet butts before we even started our cruise.
One us stands 6'2" and found the space in the rear of the tandem set up a bit tight - person in the front kept complaining of the feeling of being on a plane with a kid kicking them through the seat.
We found we could not do a straight track with the tandem kayak; all we seemed to do was go in right hand circles. We returned to shore and took out the middle section and tried the kayak as a single - neither of us had a tracking issue going solo.
We bought (and are returning) our Point 65N Tequila Tandem Modular kayak through an Outlet store so the price point was a bit lower than that listed on the full price web page. Great concept but we had too many issues and will go back to our Loons.
July 27, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5áby OrdinaryGuy2 Point 65N Tequila GTX
The service from LL Bean both on delivery and return was great. However, the Tequila GTX is disappointing in comparison to the advertising and potential. We had no difficulty assembling and disassembling the sections but there was play in the assembly even when parts were fully tensioned.
The parts interlock with a strap and ratchet arrangement to keep them interlocked. Unfortunately the strap and ratchet system is on the top side of the kayak and not on the lower side where the forces tend to pull the sections apart when in the water (pond/smooth water) and especially when carried by the fore and aft handles.
The sections did not separate in the water but we noticed the play even before we put in the water. The sections had shifted some in the water but the real problem was in moving from the water to the grass to disassemble. As we were carrying the kayak by the handles fore and aft, the forward section separated from the middle section under just the weight of the kayak. Not good and reason for return.
In concept, I still like this kayak but not as it is currently produced. Point 65N needs to redo the design so that there is a solid load path along the keel of the kayak. I can envision several ways they can accomplish this while keeping to a rotomolded process. I expect LL Bean is going to get a few of these back.
We are experienced Hobie catamaran sailors but novice kayakers so we will hold comment on the performance of the kayak. We, especially my wife, enjoyed the time on the water even if we looked like a wounded water spider.
June 25, 2014