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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted by: joco on Apr-03-08 7:47 PM (EST)
hi GUY you say..
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.
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 barrell.you wrong bud.|
Posted by: joco on Apr-04-08 12:54 PM (EST)
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:
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).
"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)
Posted by: joco on Apr-06-08 4:01 PM (EST)
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.
Posted by: joco on Apr-06-08 7:58 PM (EST)
i do have to say '' barell'' is right to.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Posted by: joco on Apr-28-08 10:16 PM (EST)
I got an emotion fisherman pro.
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)
Yak for big guy|
Posted by: old_user on Jul-27-08 12:55 PM (EST)
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.
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.
Check out the Native Ultimate....|
Posted by: old_user on Aug-30-08 7:39 AM (EST)
Yes there is a Kayak for you....it 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.
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 www.norcalkayakanglers.com 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?
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.
Posted by: old_user on Mar-26-09 2:47 PM (EST)
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.
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!
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.
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.
Posted by: old_user on Nov-08-09 7:55 PM (EST)
The Kruger Sea Wind is a good big guy boat . It isa
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 ??
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".