I bought, last summer, a Future beach fusion 124 primarily to use in lake erie. I am heavy, at 285 and the kayak is rated at 250. It would seem that being overweight would make the boat unstable, and unsafe, but I have had it out in 2-4 footers, up and down the cuyahoga in cleveland and along the cleveland breakwall (in 2-4 footers) with no trouble. I use a skirt, and have flotation in the boat just in case, but I've never felt in danger. The only thing I have noticed is the stern is low in the water (the boat sits low normally, even with a lighter person), but have had following waves with no problem. Are they lying about the weight limit? Should I be more concerned? Should I just not worry about it?
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If not carrying gear ...don't worry|
Posted by: seadart on Jun-04-13 1:29 PM (EST)
As long as you are not planning on loading it up with campign gear or lots of fishing gear I would not worry about it.
No camping, rear hatch always dry|
Posted by: byruma on Jun-04-13 2:38 PM (EST)
I won't be camping or fishing out of this kayak. I have a canoe for that. Rear hatch is always dry, except for the usual spray occasionally. I would say I have about 1.5-2" of freeboard at the stern
Posted by: RavenWing on Jun-04-13 3:14 PM (EST)
makes for less speed as more of the hull is underwater, but speed is not exactly a priority w. that model.
just make sure|
Posted by: RavenWing on Jun-04-13 3:20 PM (EST)
you know how to re-board in deep water when you tip over. Because eventually you will, and anyway it's good to know beforehand how to do it and how the boat responds. Good advice for anyone regardless of weight & boat of choice.
That is amazing!|
Posted by: FrankNC on Jun-04-13 5:54 PM (EST)
Two footers are waves over my head. I have been in six foot waves but I did a lot of swimming and crashing. This is serious stuff you are doing in a rec boat. Do you have problems with the skirt imploding from the waves.
I see what you did there :)|
Posted by: RavenWing on Jun-04-13 6:48 PM (EST)
glad someone brought that up. Waves get taller with each telling, giving us marvelous stories to share as we
Posted by: byruma on Jun-04-13 10:48 PM (EST)
Were longer roller type waves on the lake, so the boat just rose and fell with the waves. No breakers, I stay on land if there are breakers. This was the mouth of the cuyahoga river in cleveland, steady wind coming straight in plus the occasional boat wake.