BIC Sport Trinidad Deluxe
The BIC Sport Trinidad Deluxe is one of the lightest tandem kayaks on the market thanks to BIC Sport’s Twin-Sheet thermoforming process, which produces a much lighter kayak than the rotomolding used by most manufacturers.
It’s also a very stable kayak due to BIC’s Tri Hull Design, which features a deep hull in the center, that flares up and then dips back down on the sides (similar to a trimaran). This is actually the kayak that we used when we did our kayak tours on the Turtle. People were easily able to board this kayak directly from the boat, with very few mishaps.
It has a large rear storage deck with straps, which is perfect for holding life vests if you’re not wearing them. Or for the cruiser using this kayak as a dinghy, it’s the perfect place to carry a water or fuel jug. It also has plenty of deck space for groceries, laundry, or other items that you need to paddle to shore.
There are 4 large handles molded right into the body that along with the light weight make it very easy to move around, and to get in and out of the water. The handles also provide the perfect place to attach a painter, if you are using it on a boat, or to run a chain and lock through, if needed. The only real downside to this kayak is it doesn’t have the greatest tracking.
Length: 11’9″ / 359 cm
Width: 33.1″ / 84 cm
Weight: 62.8 lbs / 28.5 Kg
Max load: 400 lbs / 180 Kg
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BIC Sport Tobago Deluxe
The BIC Sport Tobago Deluxe is heavier than the Trinidad at 70 lbs., but it’s still lighter than most kayaks that are the same size. It’s also a very stable kayak, and it tracks better than the Trinidad due to its pointed bow. Overall this kayak is a better performer than the Trinidad.
The Tobago comes with rear deck straps, but its lacking the large rear storage deck of the Trinidad. The inside deck space does have room to carry a few bags or other small items. There’s a single handle on the bow that once again makes a great hard point for attaching a painter or locking the kayak. The Trinidad also has a wheel on the bottom to help with moving.
Length: 12’11” / 395 cm
Width: 33.1″ / 84 cm
Weight: 70 lbs / 32 Kg
Max load: 550 lbs / 250 Kg
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Don’t forget, in addition to the kayaks you’re also going to need paddles, seat backs, and life vests. BIC makes their own line of paddles, but my current favorite is the Carlisle Magic Mystic. I’ve also used the Carlisle Day Tripper in the past, which is another nice and reasonably priced paddle. BIC makes some really nice seat backs that seem to hold up well to constant UV exposure, but the clips on the Ocean Kayak Comfort Plus Seat Back seem to do better with the constant salt exposure.
Yes…I know both of these kayaks are from the same company. What can I say; I’m just a big BIC fan. They make quality gear at affordable prices. BIC’s kayaks also have features that I think are a real benefit to cruisers and live aboards, specifically the lighter weight, good stability, and the larger more robust handles.
The Tobago is a good all around kayak for general paddling around and exploring. If you’re planning on using your kayak every day as a dinghy, the lighter weight and additional deck space make the Trinidad a better choice.