-- Last Updated: Jun-11-12 8:12 PM EST --
Ocean Kayak seems a little more honest about weight range than most but close to the max weight is not the way to run a kayak. There will probably be a lot of water in the footwells and maybe even in the seating area. Once you weigh the yak low enough in the water performance disappears and you're not starting with much. Try out some of the better fishing kayaks. They are designed to carry a lot of equipment and have weight max's in the 450lb+ range. They will be more fun to paddle for a guy your size and you will not have to fight to keep the thing moving. Go to a demo day and check out the Trident series, the bigger Tarpons or the Wilderness Ride. Try out the ones you were looking at also. You will quickly see why they are a poor choice when paddled near the max weight range. I hope you find the right boat that keeps you in the sport. Good luck.