Rated 5 out of 5 by 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 5 by 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 5 by 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