kayaks for big guys
Posted by: old_user on Mar-19-08 8:30 AM (EST) Category: Kayaks
I am thinking about buying my first kayak this spring but am a little worried about finding one to comfortably fit my body size. I am 6'4" and about 280 pounds. I will probably be staying in rivers and lakes. Can anyone recommend some sit in kayaks for me to check out? Thanks.
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Eddyline nighthawk 17.5|
Posted by: moparharn on Mar-19-08 9:19 AM (EST)
Solstice GT, by Current Design|
Posted by: meuritt on Mar-19-08 9:22 AM (EST)
I am same height, 200#, and importantly, size 13 feet. The GT was a boat that fit my feet.
Solstice Titan LV|
Posted by: capt-tuttle on Mar-29-08 11:14 AM (EST)
I tried the Solstice Titan and it was to big. Then I tried the Titan LV low volume version and it was great fit for me. If memory servers it is 3/4" lesss in hight, I didn't think that would make a diference but it did.
Posted by: Jsaults on Mar-19-08 10:00 AM (EST)
Posted by: old_user on Mar-19-08 10:07 AM (EST)
Check out the Impex Assateague. I purchased one 3 years ago when I was in the #280 range. It had a great fit for me. Impex makes some really good boats. You might also check out the Force 5. I had a little tighter fit in this boat.
Posted by: dmakley on Mar-19-08 10:11 AM (EST)
Another vote for the QCC 500, I'm 6' and about 240lbs and have some room to spare in my 500.
Four more ideas|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-19-08 10:32 AM (EST)
P&H Capella 173
Posted by: old_user on Mar-20-08 12:30 PM (EST)
Sea Kayak Georgia is getting a couple of Romany XL's, a new NDK boat that'll be the biggest boat they've ever made.
I hadn't heard|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-20-08 5:21 PM (EST)
Interesting. I'll have to check that out. The way NDK fans are so passionate about the design, it bothers me that I can't even sit in one to see what all the fuss is about. Maybe that will change with the Romany XL.
Plastic or Composite $ Range? NM|
Posted by: Marshall on Mar-19-08 11:27 AM (EST)
See you on the water,
Posted by: old_user on Mar-19-08 11:57 AM (EST)
I should have put this in my original post, but I can only afford to spend around 900 dollars.
Posted by: Marshall on Mar-19-08 3:33 PM (EST)
At that price range you're probably looking at a plastic sea kayak like any number that have been mentioned so far or a new, perhaps on sale somewhere, plastic touring kayak. Just make sure it has front and rear bulkheads and you get a chance to play with it on the water a bit with some direction from a knowlegeable person who's more concerned about guiding you to the right decision vs. moving inventory.
Go Used ....|
Posted by: seadart on Mar-19-08 3:37 PM (EST)
Check out craigslist and the classified ads on this page.
Posted by: cdesme on Mar-19-08 12:14 PM (EST)
I'm 6'4" x 250 x 34" inseam x size 13. The plastic version of the Solstice GT is the Current Designs Storm.....a great first boat. Might also want to look at the Prijon Kodiak, faster but issues with primary stability when empty.......just takes some getting used to, and sensative to seat adjustments fore and aft. No problem with fit, but both boats are best served with rudder...IMHO. In the "British" designs....I'll second the Assategue and Capella 173.
Posted by: HappyCamperToo on Mar-19-08 6:37 PM (EST)
Necky Narpa - you can find them for around $500-600 usually.
My friend is|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-19-08 9:04 PM (EST)
6'4" 300#'s and he paddles a Tsunami 17.5. Fits him well. I'm 5'10" 180#'s and I'm swimming in the thing.
Posted by: wjlatsha on Mar-20-08 1:04 PM (EST)
I am about your size and weight.
Assateague or QCC|
Posted by: Jsaults on Mar-20-08 1:14 PM (EST)
To further qualify my earlier response, yes, the Assateague would fit. It is on my short list when I buy another touring kayak. The QCC is fast, roomy, and reasonably seaworthy. But I would prefer to have a boat with more rocker for rough conditions (a windy & wavy day in Long Island SOund had me being "rotisseried" between waves due to the high volume ends).
I had the same problem...|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-20-08 5:04 PM (EST)
As a fat kid, finding the right boat was a big ordeal. I wanted to stay on lakes and flat rivers with the ability to run some of the tidal channels here in Savannah. I also had the $900 limit which had to fund all the basics. I purchased the Old Town Dirigo 120, pfd, Carlisle Magic 230cm paddle, spray skirt, foam pads for the truck and a couple of tie down straps for $985. It will hold my rotund-ness plus enough gear for a couple of nights out if loaded correctly. I went over budget, but I have enjoyed it very much. I would just make sure you are 100% honest with yourself as to what exactly you want to do and make your decision from that. It took me three months of reading to settle on mine.
Posted by: old_user on Mar-21-08 8:37 PM (EST)
Old Town Loon 138
Weight and Shoe size|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-22-08 9:58 AM (EST)
Its no fun toting a long boat up the mud bank of a river and through the trees to portage. You'll have to lift 2/3 of it out of the water to get up an 8' bank, and then it'll start to twist on the tail. Once up there, it doesn't wind through the saplings and brush real well.
Ditto the sundance|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-22-08 5:13 PM (EST)
But I think the acadia's cockpit is a bit small for a big guy. The sundance has a much larger cockpit witch will give you more room and a better experience.
How would you know?|
Posted by: old_user on Apr-02-08 1:01 PM (EST)
In another posting you claim you are only 155 lbs, so how can you say what works for a big guy?
boats for big men|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-28-08 2:59 PM (EST)
I am similar sized,paddled 40 yrs. Best Kruger Dreamcatcher or Seawind. Another good boat Easy Rider Eskimo 18'6". Do not go under 23"-24" beam to carry your weight and be stable enough to concentrate on forward progress instead of balance. Get a boat that tracks with rudder down and turns easy with rudder up, not tracks with rudder up and needs rudder to turn.
Posted by: old_user on Mar-28-08 11:23 PM (EST)
I'm about 6'3" and bought a WS Tempest 180 last year when I weighed about 240. It's my first kayak and I'm very happy with it. I could squeeze into a Tempest 170 but for safety reasons I thought I might not get out very fast. The Tempest 180 is very comfortable.
big guy kayaks|
Posted by: old_user on Mar-29-08 5:29 AM (EST)
Hi, 6'7" and 300# here.. I think we can talk "big guys". Of course, whatever you decide, make sure you paddle it before you buy...Being comfy or "fitting it" on the showroom floor does not mean its going to handle well...etc. One thing to keep in mind is whether your height is in your legs or torso. If legs, consider the size of the front of the cockpit (keyholes are very restrictive if you have long legs). Also, how big are your feet. Kayaks taper and a large foot (size 14", for example) may not fit at the point along the taper down by the foot braces. Check the dimensions of the boat, a higher "depth" measure means its a taller cockpit and easier to enter, especially with long legs.
Anything by Prijon|
Posted by: old_user on Apr-02-08 12:55 PM (EST)
Except the Catalina.
Necky Eskia, CD Storm|
Posted by: jabberwock on Apr-03-08 12:00 AM (EST)
Necky Eskia, CD Storm are both plastic "big guy" boats that can often be found used locally, or sold from various outfitters stock of boats as they buy new.
Pungo 140 works well for this big gal|
Posted by: WetSandyFeet on Apr-03-08 10:41 AM (EST)
With my issues and history I'm lucky to be paddling at all. You can buy a new one for about $800.00 I think. Weight of Pungo is 53 lbs which is manageable enough.
Kayak for tall man|
Posted by: old_user on Jun-09-12 12:03 AM (EST)
I am 6'5" and 215 with a 36 inseam. I have found only one kayak that fits well. The Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145. The key is that it has more depth. This kayak is very stable and surprisingly fast. It works great for me on both lakes and rivers. I found a great deal on amazon at this location: http://amzn.to/MiHvQl