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My waist is 36" but my hips are 41" before outerwear and they go through 14.5" wide cockpits just fine even with full winter gear on.
Inside, the distance between my hip pads on the sides of the seat are around 15" and this suits me fine with gentle contact.
Hip width for a given circumference is usually wider than the waist width fir the same circumference. You should fit in the opening, if it is 16+ inches wide. Whether it will be a comfortable fit is hard for me to tell - hopefully someone your size will comment...
What I worry about is not so much the cockpit width but the seat width. I have not tried a boat where I could not fit through the cockpit opening (except some ocean cockpits where I don't fit because my legs are too long and my knees won't bend backwards!). But I've had plenty of seats that were too narrow. Seats can be changed, but it's a hassle and hard to make it work as well as a seat that just fits you.
YakCatcher Rod Holder
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