Rated 5 out of 5 by Drydoc Modular kayak that works
I wanted a kayak that would fit in the storage bay of a motorhome, and that would fit in the back of an SUV. My wife will not kayak solo, but occasionally wishes to join the action. The Point 65 Martini modular tandem kayak is perfect for one or both of us. We feel secure sitting in the kayak, which is remarkably stable, although we have not been in any rough water. The kayak is easy and quick to assemble and to take apart. The middle section takes only seconds to remove, converting to a solo from the tandem. After 3 times out, I have learned to use the rudder, which should be useful as I gain more experience. Obviously, this is not built for speed, but it seems to move easily in the water with one or two. Plenty of water resistant storage for day use. A bit pricey, but worth every penny, since it does all I wanted in a non-inflatable easily transported solo/tandem kayak. This will allow us to explore lakes and rivers as we travel. (The length of the tandem is a bit over 13 feet, which in Iowa necessitates registration with the DNR.)
August 15, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by JAG1971 Great Kayak. Easy to transport.
We had been looking for a tandem kayak for some time but hesitated to buy one because of their size and weight. The 65N solved both those problems. We can actually transport the 65N in the back of our Honda FIT(no roof rack!) Putting the Kayak together and taking it apart is easy once you get the hang of it. The instructions that come with the kayak are worthless but I found several videos on youtube which show the right way to put the kayak together and take it apart. I found it easiest to put together in the water. The 65N is well made, easy to transport, rock solid in the water, and fun to use.
September 20, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5
by giangnguy3n Great concept for 1,2 or more people when needed.
1 star off because when put it together the connection feel weak not snug fit. Assemble and disassemble just as advertised. I would've take off another star because of the backrest of the seat seem cheaply made. The foam paper that sewed on to the backrest tear instantly when I pump the air into it (inflated to the max#. I can just see only two flaws right now.
The box on the front piece seem open so I inspected it carefully and seem like it been used as a display. Pictures below will show the quarter inch wide indention all around behind the seat on the kayak. Also the seat would not air up. LLBEAN services is excellent in this, asking to replace the front piece but I don't want to miss my plan for that weekend. So I just asked to send me a new seat.
I bought a tandem and another mid section for the 3rd person. ATTENTION: You will need a truck for all four pieces. I loaded it in my van with the seat #middle and the back row removed), which mean a 3rd person have to ride in another vehicle.
This is my first kayak so I can't comment on how it is in the water. Put a smile on my face and I am happy with it on the water so far.
Hopefully in the future Point65 make another mid section for cargo instead for a person. So I could load all my gear for 3 people for overnight trip to destination that cannot get there by car.
May 3, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by johnjuan not easy to disassemble
I purchased the Point 65N modular kayak about 2 years ago. I bought it to use at our Michigan summer home knowing we would not have a roof rack to carry a double kayak on top of our rental cars. I continue to have difficulty releasing the locks and breaking the kayak apart. It is not as smooth as shown in the manufacturers' video. It always takes two persons to do it. I love the concept of the three part assembly, that is why we bought it. Because we have trouble with the breakdown, it has not been transported anywhere other than the beach infront of our cottage. I am missing some good fishing on other lakes, rivers and streams. I am disappointed with the design, not LL Bean.
December 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LLbeanpaddler Good Engineering
Had this about 3 years now. It ships in 3 separate boxes with 3 different tracking numbers. No problems with it. Stores great in a little shed. I have the original foam seat model. This new air seat model must be the reason all the past reviews are now gone, but that's the only difference I see. Sure do like the rudder, it has held up just fine.
October 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by OnLakeLanier Glad to be paddling
We love our Point 65N Martini Modular Tandem Kayak. It's our first kayak and it is as lightweight and easy to assemble and disassemble as advertised. We are two women in our mid (to late) 50s and are able to load and unload our kayak with ease into the back of our 4Runner.
We wanted a tandem but normal ones are huge and heavy and we were afraid we couldn't have gotten it on top of the car and we don't have a place to store something that large. The high end inflatable kayaks looked good but they require a lot of drying off before storing which sounds like a lot of extra work. The modular tandem solves those problems and it's quick and easy to get on the water and back in the car.
Thanks to Point 65N and LL Bean, we've been out on the lake viewing birds and wildlife like never before!
October 27, 2014