I have a friend that is 5 foot 11 in tall and weighs about 330 pounds. This past summer we took a 2 day trip and he was in an old town vapor rated for 275-300pounds. That worked OK but he wasn't able to take any of his gear with him. We had to transport it all for him. Does anyone have any suggestions for a kayak that would be comfortable for him and would support him and his gear? He mainly does slow river kayaking. And might take it out on a lake also.
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How much gear and what purpose ?|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Jan-26-13 12:38 AM (EST)
Posted by: kayakrazee on Jan-26-13 12:44 AM (EST)
I have one that is rated for 425lbs. I bought it new in 2009 it was a leftover 2007.
Posted by: ShadyClip on Jan-26-13 3:35 AM (EST)
Posted by: BigandSmall on Jan-26-13 11:54 AM (EST)
A few ideas here.|
Posted by: FrankNC on Jan-26-13 2:30 PM (EST)
I'd say at 300 pounds his choices are very limited, but there are some for each style of paddling here at my blog:
Swift Saranac 15|
Posted by: CEWilson on Jan-26-13 3:37 PM (EST)
Pretty big cockpit, lots of volume for a 15 footer, available near 35 lbs. Composite.
Big-Big boy Kayak|
Posted by: slowpaddler on Jan-26-13 5:09 PM (EST)
I am 6'6" and about 310. I found a Hurricane Sport Exp, with extra large cockpit, and 2 water tight hatches. Kayak has 400 lbs capacity. I haved used it on several self supported paddling trips. The boat is 14' long and has a 57" cockpit length, and weights in a 51 lbs. I am very happy with my first kayak. Check out this boat on Hurricane web site. The boat has been redesigned with new front hatch openings.
Nimbus Telkwa HV|
Posted by: old_user on Jan-26-13 11:28 PM (EST)
I'm a really big guy (6'4",300lbs,44wst)and used to have a Telkwa HV. It was a very very nice boat and in some ways felt big in the CP even for me.
thanks to all for responding|
Posted by: mod7 on Jan-27-13 12:42 AM (EST)
thanks for your responses. the last trip we took with my freind that is big and round was in crystal falls upper mi. paint river
Posted by: dghaessig on Jan-27-13 4:14 AM (EST)
I have a friend who is even a little larger than your frien and he has a Tsunami 145 and it works well.
Unless you want a seakayak|
Posted by: Ayornamut on Jan-28-13 6:06 PM (EST)
I'd say the Tsunami 145 is a good choice. It'll haul a lot of gear and accommodate a bigger guy, and it's pretty stable. The 175 is bigger and can haul more gear, but does he need a boat that size.
Delta, Atlantis, Seaward|
Posted by: WaterMark on Jan-28-13 6:47 PM (EST)
You could look at the Delta 15. I think REI sells them.
Some of the boats suggested|
Posted by: Ayornamut on Jan-29-13 12:05 PM (EST)
are awfully small in cockpit size for a person of your friend's speculated morphology.
Get him in a canoe. He can carry your|
Posted by: ezwater on Jan-29-13 7:44 PM (EST)
gear and your beer. No reason to stick to kayak on slow rivers.