The Ocean Kayak 12-Feet Malibu is a tandem (2 seats) sit-on-top recreational kayak. It is also called the “Malibu Two” on the manufacture’s. This model hit the market in the spring of 2014 and has received, for the most part, positive feedback from those who have paddled in it. In this review we will breeze over what some these paddlers had to say.
At first glance, what stands out? On the positive side, the company “Ocean Kayak” is well known for extremely stable and durable kayaks. The 12 foot Malibu tandem sit-on-top model definitely provides these qualities. On the negative side, weighing in at 57 lbs., it’s a tad heavy when compared to other recreational kayak. So you should consider if loading/unloading and carrying it to the water will present a problem. Then again, this is a tandem kayak so maybe you have a partner to help you with the lifting?
It comes in two colors: Yellow and “Envy”. Not sure why they named it ENVY but this color is shown in the image below. What we will say though, about the colors, these are very bright colors in the water,providing an added element of safety. Very recognizable to people operating boats.
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What’s it made for
If you missed it, the company’s is named “Ocean”. So this should be a big hint at what type of water the hull was designed for. Yes, this kayak is sturdy and quality enough to take out in the ocean surf. It’s also going to be a good tandem kayak for bays and lakes.
If you are looking for something to take out in a raging whitewater river. Although it can handle some choppy ocean surf, the 12-foot Malibu tandem kayak is still a sit-on-top recreational kayak designed for the causal paddler. We can’t recommend this model for this use in fast moving rivers.
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Value vs. Price
If you look hard enough you might get lucky and come across a discounted, cheap kayak but if you are serious about buying a model which is going to provide value for many years then we recommend you at least buy a respected brand name kayak rather than a generic model which you found cheap but will leave you disappointed in it’s performance and/or durability.
The Ocean Kayak 12-Feet Malibu (this is a brand name respected company in the industry) is priced at $650 (this is the cheapest we found). We are not sure what you are planning to spend. If you have been looking and pricing other tandem recreational kayaks then you probably have a good idea on the price range as you have compared the different models on the market.
We do believe this is a fair price for this 12-footer. Most of the quality 2-seater on the market are going to run from $600 – 850 and also above. If you are looking for something under $600 there is the Lifetime Manta (this is a 10 footer).