Another big guy
Posted by: Mcderms on Jun-12-12 8:54 PM (EST)
There aren't enough of us big guy paddlers out there. At 6'4 300 lbs I had a heck of a time finding a sit in kayak I could actually sit in. To the people that ask me "why not just loose weight" without talking to me first, I usually reply along the lines of why don't I stuff you inside my kayak and make it a sit on top. Once that's out of the way we can start to talk about kayaks and canoes that fit.
I second the advice about canoes and demo days. I started in a canoe and it helped me loose a few pounds so I could fit in a kayak. (canoes still have more style). Also, it's going to depend on the type of paddling you do. If your always on flat water that stays flat, the waterline can be a little lower than for whitewater or lakes with potential waves.
Good luck with your search and I hope to see you at some of the events.