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  Kayak for larger person
  Posted by: old_user on Apr-02-08 4:51 PM (EST)

Are there any kayaks for a larger person? Someone who weighs 290 lbs. and doesn't want to flip over easily when a boat goes by. I think kayaking will be a good way to loose weight but, I need something for now. Thanks!

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  Old Town Loon 138 is a very stable
  Posted by: old_user on Apr-02-08 6:33 PM (EST)
kayak. The Old Town Dirigo is another to also look at, also very stable. Both are sit inside kayaks. I weigh about 240 this year and my Loon does very well, along with the additional 50 lbs of stuff I take with me when fishing for catfish. I've had me and 100 lbs or gear for river trips and there was no sign the kayak even knew it was there.
  Posted by: old_user on Apr-02-08 9:22 PM (EST)
Thank you! I will certainly look at the old town products.
  Posted by: joco on Apr-02-08 9:26 PM (EST)
pamlico 135t.

take the back seat out off there and you get a real stabile fun kayak.

i was in that area off weight now a bit leas this year and had no prob at all.

plus the capacity off the kayak is well over that.

do a search and you will see mine.

its one kayak that you get.

a pungo 10 is a good choice to.

the best thing........try the most kayak that you can and get the one you like and comfortable in.

because if you dont like it or your not comfy in it you wont use as mutch.

  The Pamlico tandem will work
  Posted by: old_user on Apr-02-08 10:05 PM (EST)
So will the Old Town Twin Otter and Loon tandem. The Loon is 15 ft, the Twin Otter 14. I've paddled the old Loon tandem on a river trip. It was the 138 with a larger cockpit. Great kayak and I noticed little difference from my solo 138. Unfortunately, the Dirigo tandem is not set up to conveniently paddle solo.
  138 x2
  Posted by: old_user on Jul-27-10 11:23 PM (EST)
I'll second the 138. My buddy (260 and I (230) both have setled on these boats for our "do all" fishing boats. I've survived 3' near miss boat wakes and 5' seas in mine. Amazing stability and good "big guy" fit , comfort and performance.
  new boat
  Posted by: old_user on Apr-03-08 9:23 AM (EST)
Weight isn't your primary issue. You will find a good selection of sit-inside and sit-on-top kayaks in the 12-foot or longer range that can carry you.

Think about the sort of paddling that you want to it lakes and lazy rivers? is it open water? is it a small, steep creek? Your boat choice may change depending on the answer.

How much cockpit room do you need to enter and exit comfortably/safely? You will need to actually try some boats, even on the showroom floor, to find out. I can already tell you to look for a large cockpit or a sit-on-top.

Then, how much boat can you handle on land? Folks are already recommending 80 pound, 14 foot tandems. You will find that 20 pounds and 2 feet less boat makes a big difference.

I am paddling a 12 foot Perception Sundance. You may find one on the used market. There's a good selection of new boats on the market with a 350-400 pound capacity and a large cockpit. Spend a little time looking before you jump.
  Perception Sundance
  Posted by: old_user on Apr-03-08 3:30 PM (EST)
That looks like a very nice kayak. I too, was thinking to be sure and get a larger cockpit or open sit on top type. I will be using it for fishing in relitively calm lakes. Ones that don't allow outboard gas powered motors.

I saw a nice one at Dick's sporting goods that was less than $500. It is the Pelican Castaway Fishing Kayak. Any info on this one?
  The Pelican isn't that great
  Posted by: old_user on Apr-03-08 4:47 PM (EST)
It will get you on the water, but it tracks poorly. Almost everyone I've known who has one sold it and bought something else within a year. For sit on tops, you may want to look at the Heritage Redfish 12 or 14, the Native Watercraft 12 or 14.5, Ocean Kayak Drifter, or maybe the Wilderness System Ride.
  Another option-
  Posted by: GloryDaze on Apr-03-08 5:40 PM (EST)
for a SOT would be the Mad River Synergy 12'or 14' I have the 12' and really enjoy it.
  hi guy
  Posted by: joco on Apr-03-08 7:47 PM (EST)
hi GUY you say..

hi Folks are already recommending 80 pound, 14 foot tandems. You will find that 20 pounds and 2 feet less boat makes a big difference.

not sher its the one i did recomend..but mine is no more then 62 pound aprox.and around 13.4 not bad i would think for what you get.tons off space.and very comfortable and stabile.
and yes the weigh is an isue for some kayak,.,,,i no because i did try some and i am that those make a deference in the no you have to try and be that weight .

some kayak will work better then oters etc.

again the best thing is to go try them.

you will no it wen you find your yak for you ,you will feel it.

good luck in your purchase.

  Posted by: bananaboat on Feb-24-10 3:02 PM (EST)
Hey glorydaze, I was looking at the synergy and caster and ended up with the caster. I really liked the synergy but wasn't sure how easy it would be to get in and out of since the cockpit was so deep. Sometimes I like to throw my legs out and sit back and I thought it would be difficult in the Synergy because the deep cockpit. But I still like the synergy, maybe I'll get the chance to try one out. Then there's the price, the Synergy was $750 with just two flush mount rod holders behind the seat and the Caster was $550 completely rigged. I thought that still if I got the chance to buy another fishing kayak I might look toward the Synergy. I wondered how well it tracked and how easy it paddled and how comfortable the cockpit was. How do you like it.
  WS Ride
  Posted by: old_user on Dec-15-08 10:06 PM (EST)
I demo'd a Ride last month and I was sitting in about 2 inches of water. If you weighed a measly 200 pounds, it might be nice.
  Cobra fish and dive
  Posted by: barrell on Apr-04-08 8:36 AM (EST)
I have sold kayaks to dozens of people over 300 lbs a few in the 400 lb range. Ive done demos with them and taught them how to paddlke. You do not want to buy a cockpit boat as some have suggested above. You want a sit on top. The best seller with big dudes is the cobra fish and dive at 36 inches wide. Find a dealer and do a demo before you buy.
  Why not a sit inside? The FnD isn't
  Posted by: old_user on Apr-04-08 12:21 PM (EST)
a very quick boat. Big and wide, it paddles OK, but it won't go like the Loon or the other sit insides mentioned here. Its not the beast river boat around and, like all SOT's, water in the boat in cold weather is a fact of life. A sit inside is much better in cold weather, drier. The FnD is a great boat for punching through the surf and fishing for big redfish and sharks, a very stable fishing platform, but there is a price. The WS Ride will do just as well for a big man and paddles beter insofar as SOT's go. The Redfish and Manta Rays do well. Then, there's the big Ocean Kayak boats if you want a big kayak.
  hey wrong bud.
  Posted by: joco on Apr-04-08 12:54 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Apr-04-08 1:20 PM EST --

you say.....You do not want to buy a cockpit boat

and why not.?

you sher dont no mutch about kayak even if you sell some..go back to your homework and try more kayak.((sorry if its sound to arch)..but truely try more off sit will be suprise

sit on top and good and sin in are as good. if not better in some condition.

must be a reason inuit people are fishng and hunting in them for the past 5000 years.

ho well...some think they no it all.

they try some off there own model or the one thay sell ,,its always the best and so on.

what i like is to have an open mind..

the best is to try them all.

in some condition an sit in is better in others its the sit on top....

i got both.

and yes the cobra is a good kayak for big size people the big game oceans as the malibu as the ..there tons off great models off sit,on top. all over.

its depend if somebody want a barge..


  Your missing the main point
  Posted by: barrell on Apr-05-08 8:38 PM (EST)
The main point here that you have completetly ignored is the man says he is 290lbs. I have done demos with probably over a thousand people of all ages and sizes.Ive demoed nad sold dozens of yaks to guys over 300 pounds even one or two 400 ponders. A man his size will struggle getting into and out of a cockpit boat.He will never be able to acomplish a reentry in a cockpit boat and will even struggle getting back on a sit on top but at least its possible. If he said he was 175lbs I would have had a different opinion. But at 290lbs my 20 years in the kayak business tells me your the one who is wrong!!
  I weigh 205lbs and had a Cobra
  Posted by: old_user on Dec-18-08 12:11 PM (EST)
Tandem. That thing had tons of storage space underneath, and was so stable that I could actually stand up near the bow. But here were the problems that lead me to sell this boat:

First, it's 36inch width was great for stability, but awful for speed. I really got a workout trying to move this barge. This was not a kayak I would want to paddle very far. However, I'm sure it would be a great fishing platform (something I never used it for), with it's rock-solid stability and loads of storage space.

Second, the weight was a real chore to deal with. I had the optional rectangular hatch in the middle, so I would remove it so I could get enough of a grip to lug this beast to the beach. I would say a good dolly (not that cheap piece of #rap offered by Cobra) is a necessity for making the process of carting to/from the beach more bearable. When I sold my pickup truck and only had an SUV with a toprack, I figured I was going to injure my back trying to load/unload this kayak by myself, so I put it on ebay and sold it.

The guy who bought it was a lot bigger than me, and said he planned to use it for fishing & family outings around San Diego. I hope he is enjoying this yak, but it just wasn't right for me.

Anyway, I am only posting about the Tandem because if I recall correctly, it has the same width and near weight of the Cobra fish-n-dive.
  As a big dude....
  Posted by: old_user on Sep-30-09 9:16 PM (EST)
I'm in the 300-350 range at the moment. when I hear "go for a sit on top" I think the people doing the suggesting are nuts. SOT's are MUCH heavier (you won't want to load it on your car or portage it to your body of water), wetter (your season will be about 2 months shorter unless you live in the tropics), and not quite as stable as a standard kayak (your center of balance is higher, and eventually you get tired of crawling back up onto the thing).

For the above reasons, I prefer a cockpit in my kayak...with one caveat: if you have bad knees and weak legs, you may be better off with a sit on top....but I have bad knees and it's not generally a problem.

My current ride: Wilderness Systems Tsunami 145. It's a 14' boat with a large cockpit opening, a roomy cockpit, and a great seat. Down side: I was stupid enough to go for the "duralite" model and the thinner plastic has been nothing but trouble. It's plenty durable, but it flexes so much they had to add extra support (a pillar right between your legs which makes emergency reentries difficult and an itch on your ankle a real pain)and I have yet to get the thing to seal properly. Both bulkheads leak, always have and probably always will. I've also been somewhat less than thrilled with Wilderness systems customer support...but not enough to not buy their products.

Anybody wanna trade a well loved two season old (turned 1 year old in June) tsunami 145 duralite for a tsunami 145 standard plastic? :)

Bryan "large but trying to get smaller" Paschke
  "FAT BOY" Kayak
  Posted by: quiksurf on Apr-05-08 10:48 PM (EST)
i'm 5'10" at 275 and just bought a used loon 138 (old model with larger cockpit opening) for the money i spent for the used boat, i couldn't ask for a better kayak. it holds a full days gear, a soft cooler with 30 cans, and still plenty of room for fishing gear and a spare/beater paddle. the large cockpit isn't as excessive as you may think either, you can slide the seat up to trim the boat and will have no problem turning in tighter creeks. and if you get one with the poly link 3 hull, its insulated for colder water. maybe i am partial cause its my first kayak i didn't rent or borrow, but mucj better than the pamlico 120 or the pungo 120 i demod the day i bought it.
  I agree with barrell
  Posted by: old_user on Apr-06-08 12:03 AM (EST)
While, I do believe that it is possible to get in and out of a cockpit kayak if I weighed less. I do think the SOT would be easier. Not pretty but I could get in and out better. I looked at the Feelfree Moken today and I think this one will work out. I appreciate everyones input.
  Posted by: joco on Apr-06-08 1:27 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Apr-06-08 1:34 PM EST --

wen i baught my pamlico i was 290 i no what i am talking about bud.

dont have any prob gething in or out now or wen i was strugle at all...2 to 3 sec to get in and sit..not more then my sit on top.

sit on top are good kayak i never they were not,but some sit in are the way to go..depending where you fish and the water temp and etc etc.

and this is a very good kayak for a big man..and all my friend say the same.

and i am talking about the pamlico 135t tranforn in a single kayak not the other pamlico.

try one before say anything.......rig it one seat and you will see.

again the best is to try.

i would bring my yak to a laot off place to compare it to some sit on top and big could try both and you would be very suprise...

the cockpit size.the comfortability,,the place to rig it etc.

some time a sit on top is the way to go sometime its not.

i would not take my pamlico in oceans...nope.

or very alrges lake off shore.

but reg lakes rivers and some back bays off huge prob.

my point is............pamlico 135t transform in a single kayak is VERY GOOD for large people.


  duo kayak
  Posted by: joco on Apr-06-08 4:01 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Apr-06-08 4:07 PM EST --


just some numbers a pamlico 135t...

cockpit size is......90inch by 24 inch..this is a very large cockpit.

a old town dirigo 140.........60 by 22inch
dirigo 120.........49 by 22inch

yes some small kayak sit in are not very good for big man.

like my wife pamlico 120...i am not feeling good in it because i am a big man.

but sher some nice size sit in to fit a big an for sher.

not many people do try a doble kayak rig as a single so its hard for them to no what it feel like.

there some other doble kayak that can be rig as solo and be very comfy.

pamlico 145pro

or oldtown twin otter..nice cockpit..81 by 17inch

just try and take the one that feel right.


  thanks joco
  Posted by: old_user on Apr-06-08 5:04 PM (EST)
I appreciate your input. I have found a local company that does a sales pitch demo type of outing in the spring. I am going to try to go to it and test out whatever they have. I called the store and they have no dates yet. I asked them to consider having some kayaks for larger people. I will ask them to include the pamlico tandem. Thanks again, I surely appreciate the input.
  no prob.
  Posted by: joco on Apr-06-08 7:58 PM (EST)
i do have to say '' barell'' is right to.

because there is not that many sit inside kayak for us big guys.

but there some.

there is more sit on top kayak.

it all depend your need.

good luck in your purchase.

  Larger kayaker
  Posted by: old_user on Apr-07-08 4:38 PM (EST)
I am a larger man 330 I went to emotion kayak and got the Tandemonium. I can stand on it.
Here is the link for you.
  Posted by: old_user on Apr-07-08 4:49 PM (EST)
I purchased a big man kayak, a malibu x factor SOT. I looked at every kayak i could for the best one. I looked at a lot of tandems too. With the emotion being as tandem, where do you paddle solo from? I know that in yaks like a loon 15t, you move the front seat back to the middle, but with SOT's, the seats don't move. So where do you sit when solo?

As far as ease of getting into and out of, the SOT is the best choice for us wide loads. I am 6'5, 400 and I had no trouble yesterday getting mine out for a paddle. If someone is 300+, I definately recommend a sot, I have paddled sit ins, and the sot worked out best for me, but hey, everyone is different.

fat and happy paddling!
  where they be?
  Posted by: old_user on Apr-13-08 12:48 PM (EST)
Thanks for starting a thread that draws the big fellas out of the woodwork.

You might even try the new Malibu Kayaks X-13, 13'10" x 29" wide, 57 lbs, load about 450 lbs. Its a SOT. I happen to like their eXtreme, but (IMO) its a bit too large...for handling, for turning, for getting up to speed.

Anyway, folks are hitting the right angles for you to look at. The new Malibu or the Native Watercraft Manta Ray 14.5 are good SitOnTops to look at. The Perception Acadia II 14 and the Wilderness Systems Pamlico 135T are good SitInside Tandems to try.

Try out everything you can!
  Emotion Fisherman
  Posted by: old_user on Apr-21-08 10:14 AM (EST)
I went with the Emotion Fisherman. This is the first kayak that I have ever owned. I got it from the factory outlet in Wyomissing, PA. Little known fact they sell factory seconds and used kayaks there. Very nice people. I was able to paddle the entire lake without falling off or taking on water. It was a great experience. I am hooked. So, the Emotion Fisherman is another kayak that will work well for a larger person. Thank you everyone. I will continue to see others who have kayaks for larger people. Fat and happy but, hopefully we will all lose a little weight paddling our kayaks.
  heavy sucker
  Posted by: barrell on Apr-28-08 8:40 AM (EST)
The emotion fisherman is very heavy and hard to transport. Big guys reort a wet arse in it also. Doesnt you butt get wet in it.
  Not heavier than most other SOT's
  Posted by: old_user on Apr-28-08 8:48 AM (EST)
in the same class. Most weigh from 60 to 69 lbs.
  not even close
  Posted by: barrell on Apr-28-08 1:42 PM (EST)
The emotion is 16 feet long the fish and dive is 12-6 inches long. That is a world of difference in storage,transport,and handling on the water.
  Not according to the site, its 14 ft
  Posted by: old_user on Apr-28-08 2:16 PM (EST)
and weighs 65 lbs. The FnD according to Cobra is 60 lbs. Those are probably bare hull weights. Emotion doesn't list a 16 footer on the website.
  emotion fisherman
  Posted by: joco on Apr-28-08 10:16 PM (EST)
I got an emotion fisherman pro.

wen i got it i was 290pound..and the buddy that as it before me about the same..we ride that yak completely dry..but we do use scupper plug..never try it witout those..can t say.

that ride is very very stabile.

a very large cockpit

tons off storage and easy to rig.

but yes it is heavy..more heavy then what they say..if you have the pro edition.

but its a great ride no prob to syand up on it to.

  Your right
  Posted by: barrell on Apr-29-08 8:37 AM (EST)
They are heavier than 65lbs We had them here at the shop when the first came out and I could not lift one over my head and carry it. I lift 70lbs Hobie outbacks every day and carry them around. I would guess they were closer to 85 lbs and awkward to carry when they first came out. Maybe they have thinned em out a bit since I retuened them do to lack of intrest in them. They paddled lousy and the cockpits would flood as soon as I sat in them and I only wheigh 200 lbs. Lots of much better choices out there if you want a long kayak. The Hobie quest comes to mind as one of the best that people dont talk about.
  Agree about the Quest, its a great
  Posted by: old_user on Apr-29-08 10:26 PM (EST)
SOT. I'm not sure why it doesn't sell. By the time you add everything to most SOT's, the cost isn't that much different. I've paddled one and found it to be as comfortable and easy to paddle as most anything out there. The build quality appeared to be among the best. And, Hobie always has stood behind their products.
  No wet behind
  Posted by: old_user on May-01-08 12:08 PM (EST)
I have taken out my fisherman 3 times now and I have only had a wet behind once and that is because it started to rain. It is a little heavy but, I can pick it up and load it using the side handle by myself. I got it at a great buy directly from Emotion (Thanks Josh). I also purchased the high back seat and it is very comfortible. I purchased the 230 cm paddle and it works well. The kayak is slow to start but, onces you get it moving I can keep up with my son and wife who both have the Emotion Glide. It is very stable and I have not fallen off yet. But, all together with the paddle, seat and kayak I spent $594. The kayak was used (I think Josh said it was ued for a training video) but, came with the standard 3 year warrantee offered on all Emotion kayaks.
  Always good to hear from an actual user
  Posted by: old_user on May-01-08 12:28 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: May-01-08 12:30 PM EST --

and owner. Good to hear that you are enjoying the kayak. Now, go catch some fish. BTW, that was a good deal, very good deal, on the package.

  Yak for big guy
  Posted by: old_user on Jul-27-08 12:55 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Jul-27-08 10:23 PM EST --

I am 6'3 and currently weigh about 380 and I paddle a WS pamlico 100. It has plenty of room and is comfortable. I've only paddled flat water and generally stay close to shore. It's a great starter boat and is reasonable priced.

I've also paddled my wife's Dagger Echo 12, which is a nice boat, but I think the cockpit is designed for a shorter person.

  WS Tarpon 160i
  Posted by: howeld on Jul-30-08 8:19 PM (EST)
I weigh 240 and have a Wilderness system tarpon 160i. It is a great Sit on top. I had a sit in for a wile and just didn't like being stuck in a plastic tube. I would get restless and couldn't move enough to be confortable. Yes it was faster but I can make 3mph with no problems and 5.3mph if I work hard on my 160i. With the sit on top I can put in anywhere and not worry about rolling over while trying to get in. I have never had a wet ride and water only comes up the holes if I hit a large wave but some foam golf balls fix that. I've taken it up creeks to the point to where I didn't have much water left to paddle in.
For a big person just looking for casual paddling a sit on top is the way to go.
  Posted by: AnniePoo on Jul-31-08 1:46 PM (EST)
It is good exercise.
  Another big guy kayak...
  Posted by: arkansasman on Aug-01-08 9:51 PM (EST)
I am 6'5 and 300 and I am looking at the Ocean Kayak Trident 15 simply because I am a canoe person and I like a longer boat. It has 550 pound capacity and a rod locker too!

  big man kayak
  Posted by: old_user on Aug-23-08 9:00 PM (EST)
Yes, I am 6' and 290 or so. I got my Loon 138 when i was 340. I load this boat up with gear enough for overnighters on the Wisconsin River and it does extremely well. I can stretch my legs and after 27 trips, i have never even come close to tipping it over. The only water it takes on is from the paddle or rain.

It is agile enough to explore backwaters at high water and handles class 1 and probably class 2 very well.

I load it with a regular size folding chair, tent, sleep pad, tarp, small cooler, pack, sleeping bag, gallon of water, saw, pack stove, hiking boots, tackle box and fishin pole and me. No is slow? she holds a pace and because it is comfortable I can go for hours and hours. Wind? So what? Just padle and see the sights.

i love my Loon 138 with the old molded seat. And it is tough as hell. And yes 65lbs but I put it up on top of my Chevy Astro Van by myself using a rack that mounts the boat on its side. Another great thing to have by the way.

Pick up the boat on one end, walk your hands under it, flip it over, keep walking until your head is in the cockpit, hit the balance point, let ti tilt, bend your knees and pop it up like doing a clean and jerk.

Read teh classified ads Old Town Loon 138 is your boat. I was laid up after big big surgery and I read everything Kayak I could find as i knew this was something i always wanted to do before the bell and although I had never been in a Kayak before, I knew this was the boat. Then after trying a few, the Loon was the best for guys like us.

just paddle alot. Anyone got a problem with that?

  Check out the Native Ultimate....
  Posted by: old_user on Aug-30-08 7:39 AM (EST)
Yes there is a Kayak for is the Native Ultimate! It has a open deck so it is so easy to get in and out. I think the weigh limit is 350 pounds and there are others out there in the "angler Kayak business" that hold up to 450 pounds.
I just love my boat, even in high winds my boat doesn't move abit because of the inverse pontoon system it has. I can sit sideway and hang my legs over the side and it doesn't tip. I am one to do a panic with the thought of going over and with this boat I feel quite safe. Check out angler kayaks and good luck. I fish out of mine and am enjoying every moment. Kathy
  Posted by: old_user on Sep-28-08 6:27 PM (EST)
x-factor holds up 650 pound...
  Yup, SOT's are the best
  Posted by: jimx200 on Oct-05-08 5:09 PM (EST)
fishing machines. Visit and see what the big guys favor. I'm medium-big at 6-2/215 and my favorite yak is the OK Prowler 15. I have had this on the Pacific near Mendocino in big 6-15' swells and it's a stable ride. I put a plastic milk crate in the back, have two rod holders, and lots of room for gear too. Pretty rare to see a serious fisherman in big water in anything but a SOT. Good luck!
  Not in all conditions or for all types
  Posted by: old_user on Oct-07-08 2:10 PM (EST)
of fish. In some situations, canoes and sit insides are a better choice than SOT's.
  what about this one
  Posted by: old_user on Oct-14-08 10:10 AM (EST)
Has anbody tried the nucanoe?

Looks like a good choice for a big guy, especially the 12 footer. I wouldn't mind trying one myself and I am only 240#. Can set up tandum or solo. Vidios show it with a trolling motor and in whitewater.

Coy boy
  prowler 15
  Posted by: old_user on Jan-05-09 12:27 AM (EST)
never got a chance to try the nucanoe. I found a Ocean Kayak Prowler 15 Angler on clearance today and decided it should work for my fishing and recreational kayaking needs. BTW I'm 6 ft and 240 Lbs. I'll report back as soon as I get a chance to try it out.

Coy Boy
  P15 update
  Posted by: old_user on Mar-26-09 2:47 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Mar-26-09 2:48 PM EST --

as promised an update, I have taken the OK Prowler 15 out 4 times and I am loving it. 2 - 4 mile paddles and 2 - 6 milers. Compared to my Carolina 14.5 it is slightly faster, slightly easier to turn and 100 time easier to get in and out. The paddles have been on the lake and slow moving creeks but with some pretty good waves and wind on the lake. I made some scupper plugs for the cold water but may take them out this summer. Then again I like the drier ride so they may stay. at 250 (gained weight this winter) it is a good boat. YMMV

  Boats for big guys
  Posted by: wb1dby on Dec-15-08 9:38 AM (EST)
I'm 5'9" and 290 lbs (someday less hopefully) I've had a walden scout for 5 or 6 years and it is fine. But not I'm thinking about something that is a little faster and lighter, like a Pungo 120 or 140 duralite. The Scout just seems too heavy these days, even with the help of the Thule Hullavator on the truck.

Does anyone have any ideas of a 12 or 14 foot sit in kayak that weighs less than 50 lbs other than the pungo?

I rec kayak and average 3 hours on the water on ponds, lakes and rivers. I average about 4-6 miles per paddle trip but have done 8-12 miles with friends and the boy scouts (my son's troop).

Any ideas for me are welcome.
  big kayak
  Posted by: old_user on Mar-11-09 11:01 AM (EST)
So? Did you ever find one? Necky, Wilderness System both make really nice,large kayaks. You still want performance . If you just want stability, presumably you went with a wide recreational kayak for playing around the pond or close to shore as they don't track especially well. Whatever, have fun and be safe out there!
  Old Post
  Posted by: old_user on Mar-20-09 10:20 PM (EST)
Tom, this is an old post. The original poster wrote about what he bought if you look at the posts above.

About using kayaking to lose weight, I find that working out, whether by paddling, some other sport or in the gym, yeah, you'll burn some calories, but the best way to lose weight is by calorie reduction. Exercising is good in conjunction with calorie reduction to stay fit.


  Posted by: old_user on Sep-23-09 12:23 PM (EST)
I'm a large-frame paddler as well, at 6'6", 260 lbs., and I fish off of an Ocean Kayak Prowler Big Game and, at 12'9" and 34" wide, it is one stable craft. Check the specs yourself. I am relatively new to the sport with just a season under my belt, but I'd recommend going to a paddle expo, talk with reps, check out the gear, and you might even find what you need at a discount. See what feels right.

  big guy
  Posted by: old_user on Nov-08-09 7:55 PM (EST)
The Kruger Sea Wind is a good big guy boat . It isa
canoe/kayak ,and is known for being a good rough water
boat . I worry that the fill in the ends might not be
real good for you . It is a nice boat though.
  Posted by: old_user on May-18-10 3:29 PM (EST)
Have you found a great kayak yet? I am looking for one for a friend over 350 any ideas ??
  Posted by: old_user on May-18-10 3:29 PM (EST)
Have you found a great kayak yet? I am looking for one for a friend over 350 any ideas ??
  just bought
  Posted by: old_user on Jun-29-10 3:48 PM (EST)
I just bought an inflatable kayak. Its an advanced elements straightedge2 kayak. I took it out for its maiden voyage last sunday and loved it. Never thought I would go the inflatable route, but it is a great boat so far. I am 6'5 400#s and it was great. I ran the san juan river 2 years ago in a SOT and tore a hole in it and had to pull out 27 miles in. where it tore was unrepairable on the river. The inflatable at least seems to give me some repair options on the river. I did just order the lumbar support seat for added support, but so far, so good. you might consider an inflatable if you are a big guy. I bought mine at REI outlet. I got it for 25% off retail, plus they had an additional 20% any one purchase so I jumped all over it. I got a $800 kayak for less than $500.
  Any Suggestions for Tandem Kayak
  Posted by: old_user on Jul-20-10 1:27 PM (EST)
My husband and I are looking to get into it. He's 6'3, 330 and I'm 5'6, 230. Any suggestions on kayaks that hold over 560lbs? Or is the consensus to buy individual crafts?....
  someone once told me
  Posted by: old_user on Jul-20-10 3:22 PM (EST)
that a tandem kayak is nothing but a divorce boat, so I bought my wife her own. I would go with seperate boats, gives you both a little freedom to do what you want without the other person yelling "you're paddling wrong, or you're going the wrong way".

Plus, if you have two boats, you can invite a friend if your spouse is unavailable.


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