Ocean Kayak Malibu 2
Here's Anna, with her children, paddling the Malibu 2 in Narragansett Bay.
The Malibu 2 is "the most popular compact, lightweight tandem sit-on-top in the world," according to the manufacturer. It can be paddled solo, tandem by two adults and a small child, or triple with two smaller children and an adult. Pets ride easily too! Three molded in seat wells ensure versatility. The overlapping foot wells make it easy for different sized paddlers to brace their feet for a strong forward stroke.
Ms. Kayak says: This is my favorite family kayak. It provides a
stable platform for playing along the shore, enough length for decent
speed, and can be lifted easily by two adults.