Botetourt County Tourism:
THUNDER BAY & NORTHWEST ONTARIO
Fair winds and fresh water are calling...
How far will you go?
Yes, i understand
Posted by: bartc on Dec-25-12 11:31 AM (EST)
I'm 5'11" (down from 6'1", sadly), 190 lb. and size 12 shoe. Also recovering from hip surgery, so not as flexible as I used to be! It was the shoe situation that got to me in the 165. My feet were crammed together uncomfortably and that put my legs also in a bad position. Wasn't fat thighs, I can assure you, nor a fat ass, as I've never had either to brag about.
Usually I paddle with a Seattle Sport double paddle float partially inflated under my thighs and that works wonders for fit and support. The WS seats all have that thigh lifter adjustment, which I used, but it isn't quite enough for my taste.
Adjusting those backbands, and in fact, adjusting to a backband at all seems to be a challenge. I'm used to a supportive backrest in my rec boat and I like it. Have lower back problems, so not the best with a low backband, though a higher back band might suit me. Couldn't get a good adjustment on any of the boats except the T 170. That one seemed to be just high enough to be less uncomfortable and barely supportive. Now, all 3 boats have exactly the same seat/backband systems. So I don't know if I finally got one done right or if the back deck height is just that smidge higher as to make it more adjustable to my needs. Wouldn't take more than an inch or two to be noticeably different.
Yes, you're right. If I could find a decent deal on used, that would be a good way to go. Still need to figure out which one, though. I'm still early in the learning process and have many skills to pick up, plus need to try some surf and open ocean to even get an idea if I'll ever take to that venue. Short of that, I'd put my money on a 14-15' boat with high maneuverability and stability, as I remember the Delsyk 430 and Alchemy L both felt to me.