I'm a big fellow and I'm considering a kayak. I'm 6' 5" and 330 lbs big just so you know.
I am looking for a kayak for use on lakes and ponds with the occasional trip on a relatively slow moving river or creek. I also would like something I could take down the shore on vacation for back bay use but I don't plan any beach launches.
Based on what I have read here and elsewhere I am considering the Cobra Fish N Dive and the Malibu X-Factor. I'm far more concerned about stability and ease of use while fly fishing than I am with paddling ease or speed. Most of places I plan to fish are either small lakes of 200 acres or less or gently moving flowing water.
In my mind besides the questions I have about my potential choices I have questions about how kayaks are rated for capacity?
I see kayaks of similar length that only vary in width by 3 or 4 inches and yet the published capacities are very different. One may be rated for 600 pounds and one a foot longer and 3 inches narrower may be rated for 400 pounds. Is somebody fudging something?
With those thoughts in mind I would like to hear from owners of the kayaks I mentioned, or from owners of similar kayaks with similar specs suitable for a big guy.
Tim Murphy AKA Goobs
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SOT ratings are inconsistent|
Posted by: Big_D on Jul-09-11 7:36 AM (EST)
Also, they tend to be very low.
Sit on top|
Posted by: Dennis1022 on Jul-11-11 6:36 AM (EST)
Posted by: notso on Jul-14-11 6:13 PM (EST)
big game prowler|
Posted by: sperduton on Jul-19-11 12:28 PM (EST)
I'm using a ocean kayak big game prowler. It's a bit slow, but I love it. I was about 305 lbs when I got it. No problem sitting sideways and fishing off it. Its super stable. It's the kayak is use most. I have that, a loon 138 and a loon 160 tandem. No problem fishing out of it for 6 hours at a clip.
Feel Free Moken|
Posted by: old_user on Jul-19-11 3:32 PM (EST)
I would also suggest you check out the Moken as its a very stable SOT at 35" wide with a 420lb weight capacity.
been there done that|
Posted by: old_user on May-25-12 11:24 AM (EST)
I'm your exact size and did a ton of research before buying. I ended up with the ocean kayak prowler big game. I really like it and it fits the big guys perfectly. I believe it is rated for 550# and I've had it loaded with every bit of that without issue.
Prowler Big Game vs WS Ride 135?|
Posted by: LeeG on Jun-07-12 10:16 AM (EST)
wondering if you have any experience comparing those two.
Check out the Pungo 140|
Posted by: TrevorN on May-25-12 12:08 PM (EST)
on the edge|
Posted by: LeeG on Jun-04-12 11:13 AM (EST)
the Pungos are nice kayaks but near the limit they lose stability fast.
You may want |
Posted by: mickeys4 on May-26-12 1:37 PM (EST)
I wound up with a canoe|
Posted by: goobs on May-26-12 5:45 PM (EST)
Posted by: Big_D on May-28-12 3:16 PM (EST)
Those canoes will treat you well. I'm working on my 17 Esquif Cargo today and will be fishing it with electric motor on electric only lakes, and also on the Potomac and Shenandoah with a gas engine. I've got a rock guard on it, which seemed to do its job. First time I took it out without a rock guard, I lost a blade on the prop within seconds.
Posted by: goobs on May-28-12 6:46 PM (EST)
Dear Big D,
I flip mine over on the trailer|
Posted by: Big_D on May-29-12 10:21 AM (EST)
I bought a good quality cover to protect it from UV (not a problem with an aluminum boat), but it doesn't prevent rain entry. I need to find a way to lift the center so that it has a rake and drains water. If you think of something to keep the tarp raised so that water drains off instead of pooling up inside the boat, let me know.
Posted by: goobs on May-29-12 1:28 PM (EST)
Dear Big D,
Posted by: Big_D on Jun-05-12 10:09 AM (EST)
I've got a couple sawhorse brackets that I could cut 2x4 to the length I want to get a long, low center rail. Then if I pull the tarp tight on it, that ought to do the trick, especially if I spray the tarp down with some silicone spray.
I was about to suggest a canoe|
Posted by: LeeG on Jun-04-12 11:16 AM (EST)
not all big guys have the back and hamstring flexibility to sit with feet and butt and the same height and there's a lot of canoes that can be paddled with a long kayak paddle just fine.
Old Town 119|
Posted by: mikeski on May-28-12 9:22 PM (EST)
I to recently purchased an Old Town 119. It is a 1998 I believe. Paid $275 for it. It currently just has the web seat. I did however order a few upgrades like.....
I imagine a boat has to be built|
Posted by: Reefmonkey on Jun-24-12 12:27 PM (EST)
To handle a load significantly higher than what it is rated for, just for the manufacturer to be on the safe side legally. Lots of factors might affect what kind of load a boat can physically handle, including age of the boat, water conditions, how the weight is loaded, etc. having a big cushion between that actual maximum and a rated maximum can help handle all those. So if you're right at or even a little above a rated weight you might to be okay most of the time, though I don't feel right to suggest it's a good practice to do so.
Posted by: infoleather on Aug-13-12 11:39 PM (EST)
Posted by: Big_D on Aug-24-12 9:51 AM (EST)
Heck of a place to spam your pumps. I'm betting you won't get a lot of hits on that one.
Posted by: jim77zion on Aug-21-12 1:11 PM (EST)
May want to consider two boats ...... one for each cheek.
Posted by: brnykayak on Aug-24-12 8:59 AM (EST)
another boat for you to consider is the Lifetime Manta. It can hold up to 3 people or 500 lbs. Also very stable. I've had mine on lakes, ponds and the river going thru some small rapids with a problem. You can find them on Amazon for approx $500 which includes 2 back rests and 2 paddles. Thats where I got mine. Good Luck with search for the right boat. Also there are some videos of the Manta on Youtube.
Posted by: brnykayak on Aug-25-12 11:13 PM (EST)
meant to say that i've been on some small rapids without a problem. im in prcess of making my rec version into a fishing boat with the option of just unstapping the fishing stuff when i want to paddle tandem