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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.

I had an Ocean Kayak Malibu II that was rated for I think 350lbs, but in a rescue situation where someone was stranded standing on a mid-river rock while her kayak washed downstream, I was able to go recover her, pick up the fishing tackle and lunches for three more people, and get both of us back out through swirly, squirrelly currents with plenty of freeboard remaining.

For what you are talking about, I think each of those kayaks are a good choice. The Fish n' Dive in particular was designed to be a slow and stable capacity boat ("barge" in the vernacular). It's one of the very earliest kayaks targeted at the fishing market.

Other boats you may wish to consider are the Manta Ray series and some of the so-called canoe/kayak hybrids. Also, the Jackson Coosa was specifically designed to allow site-casting while standing on the kayak and is meant to accomodate larger paddlers. It's pricey, though.

There are many good options out there for what you have in mind. Which one is 'best' is entirely a matter of personal preference.

Good luck. Stay safe. Tight lines.

- Big D

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