Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-02-2011   #1
winnipeg, manitoba
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 18
Boater weight VS Boat weight range

Tried searching, couldn't find anything.

Still trying to learn this, beyond "stay in the range and the boat will act how it should".

What does being UNDER a boat weight range do (besides it sitting higher... which does what exactly?)

What does being OVER a boat weight range do? (opposite of question above, but it sits lower in water)

THANKS! I need to learn !!

adamsnez is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2011   #2
freexbiker's Avatar
B.F.E., Wyoming
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 907
Are you looking at playboats or creekboats?

Playboats most people tend to lean towards the upper side of the weight range of the boat so you can throw it around a little bit more easily...unless you are looking to throw huge air loops then you want to go a little lower on the weight range for the volume.

Creekboats you usually want to be on the lower to mid range on the boat so you have volume to ride up over waves and punch holes....

freexbiker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2011   #3
winnipeg, manitoba
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 18
any style boat actually... just wanna learn it and what to look for / reasons why.

i dont understand what you are getting at in Weight VS Volume......

someone who's 50lbs heavier than another person, im sure they dont displace THAT MUCH extra air inside the kayak... it seems like its just the weight itself [not physical space taking up volume] that changes how the boat reacts
adamsnez is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2011   #4
Jackson, Wyoming
Paddling Since: 1966
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 427
Some recent discussion on boater talk.
BoaterTalk: BoaterTalk - If paddler is at light end of boat's range...
johnovice is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2011   #5
winnipeg, manitoba
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 18
hmmmmmm.. sorta answered it..

PS: Is there a way to view boatertalk forum PROPERLY in thread mode?
all i see are the replies in "tree mode" and its HORRIBLE!! if you know what im talking about.. gotta click on the titles to read their replies
adamsnez is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2011   #6
lmyers's Avatar
Buena Vista, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2005
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 4,207
I think that tree mode is new....never had it happen before until yesterday....

The amount of physical space being displaced by the paddler and gear has virtually no impact on the handling of the boat beyond the weight distribution.

A paddler at the upper weight range of a boat will sit lower in the water and be affected much more by currents, and will be significantly slower.

Conversely, a paddler at the lower end of the weight range will be faster and more likely to just float through features with less effort.

One thing I have found is that it seems to be easier to roll a boat if you are right at, or at the upper end of suggested paddler weight (at least for me, I am small). This will also force to you become a better paddler, it will make you learn to read the water better, rather than relying on the boat the get you through.

GARNA’s mission is to foster stewardship of the resources of the greater Arkansas River region through education, volunteerism and experiences.
lmyers is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
14 ft Boat weight comparisons ryapache Kayaking | Gear Talk 15 08-22-2011 08:48 PM
New Kayaker. Better to be at bottom end of weight range or top? hawksnest34 Kayaking | Gear Talk 19 06-02-2011 06:23 AM
Boat weight ranges kurtmo Whitewater Kayaking 6 01-15-2010 08:48 PM
weight range jona Whitewater Kayaking 12 07-18-2007 07:53 AM
Adding weight to a boat???? lanky_boater Whitewater Kayaking 4 07-14-2004 07:02 PM

» Classified Ads
Fluid Flirt (med)

posted by dlanci

Medium Fluid Flirt. Bought brand new in 2007. Great river...

AT and AT4 paddles

posted by CFriday

AT Paddle is a 194cm and AT4 paddle is 197. Both are in...


posted by Rendezvous River Sports


Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:14 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.