-- Last Updated: May-08-13 9:52 AM EST --
Back in the days when we paddled tandem all the time, I weighed in the 220-260 range. My wife tipped the scales 100-110. To handle that disparity, I usually re-mounted the seat further forward and put more gear forward with her. I had a couple canoes made with the stern seat further forward. Trimming is the easiest part of the equation.
The tough part will be finding a canoe they're comfortable in. A 34" wide tandem may feel stable as a rock with smaller and/or experienced paddlers. But when you have that much "Live" weight, every shift in the canoe will be noticeable. With his weight, you're going to need a canoe at least 36" wide and preferably greater than 16' long for a nice, large "Footprint" in the water. I had a friend of similar size and he used an 18' Grumman. Not crazy about his choice, but it worked. I believe something like a Champlaign (already mentioned), a Wenonah Kingfisher, Souris Quetico 18, Bell Eveningstar would be good choices to start out. If you could find an old Mad River Revelation, THAT would be a great one for them.
Another thing he may need to do is reinforce his seat, since, he would need to move it closer to center anyway. Ed's Canoes makes a nice heavy duty seat and seat drops: http://www.edscanoe.com/exduse.html
If he can kneel, that would be better still for stability with that weight. If not, his seat should be low for stability.
Another thing to beware of, getting in and out. If possible, he needs to enter and exit the canoe carefully, and first. I recall my friends wife getting out onshore and when she got out first, the canoe "Popped up," tripping her, upsetting the canoe, and putting both of them in the water.
So, your friend needs to be judicious on boat selection and seat placement and trim. Moreso than other paddlers, they REALLY need to "Try before they buy" to see what will fit.
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