Can't help with the weight
Posted by: Kocho on Feb-06-13 9:30 AM (EST)
But I'm 6'4 with 15s and there are indeed very few boats in which you can fit your feet comfortably. If you were under 6ft with 15s would be easy, but added leg length and big feet don't mix well Asa kayaks get narrower and lower for longer legs instead of doing the opposite as it would make sense ergonomically...
Measure with your desired footwear, but what I'm getting at is that you might need to forego sturdy shoes while in the kayak, except for very few - and these I unfortunately do not know since I'm much lighter and don't even try the boats you are looking at so no idea if they fit... If your deck fits but the footpegs are too close or too low, consider relocating the rails or building a full-size foot plate, but take a good look to make sure there is room and a solid piece of hull on which to do that.
In the Assateague, rearranging the seating area or adding some foam for support under or on the side might help your legs going numb. Also, not that surprisingly, a LOT of seat time actually helps too. Initially, in my Tsunami 145 my legs would bother me, but that disappeared after a few weeks without other changes (and after a few months, I felt that boat was a bath tub for me: too big and slow). So, do more paddling, if you have not tried that yet -;)