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Old 06-17-2012   #1
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Can a whitewater kayak be too big?

i just bought w whitewater kayak. it is a 2007 jackson megarocker. it is the largest boat in the rocker series. there are different sizes for people with different weights, the mega rocker is made for people who weigh around or over 200 pounds. i weigh about 140 pounds. is this a problem? the owner of the store i bought it form said it is fine, but i think the boat is too big. every kayaker i have seen has a boat that seems to fit their body size. i want to get a slightly smaller boat that is a similar style. i tried the boat out some rapids and it is very stable and hard to tip over but it seemed like it was kind of hard to steer and make quick movements. also, i found a website that says the minimum weight for the boat is 200 pounds.

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Old 06-18-2012   #2
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Yes, a boat can be too big for efficient navigation of whitewater.....and it sounds like you found one. Paddling a boat with too much volume is similar to trying to take a school bus down a 4wd road. It will feel sluggish and slow to react, difficult to keep on track and tough to roll once you flip.

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Old 06-18-2012   #3
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I own and paddle a Mega Rocker

But I weigh in at 200 pounds then add a bunch of creeking gear. When I got the boat I weighed around 230. (weight loss for medical condition type 2 Diabetes diagnosis)

At 140 pounds, my bet is this boat will float way high and bounce around a lot for you. Probably hard to control and go where you want to go.

At my weight, this is a good creek boat for me. For you, my bet is you will not be a happy boater.

Find yourself a used Jackson Hero after selling that Mega Rocker to a much larger boater.

And, post on the Buzz for feedback before you buy anything else from that vendor!!
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Old 06-18-2012   #4
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At 260 that boat was right for me at the 220 I weigh now I much prefer the rocker and at 140 I don't think it would respond at all.
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Old 06-18-2012   #5
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you'll need to trade that in for sure, or fill it with rocks...

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Old 06-18-2012   #6
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I agree with everyone else... It would be a ok boat for your first time to see if you wanted to kayak because it would be more stable and ride higher on something easy if you were borrowing it.. But not to own,roll,or actually become a whitewater paddler..
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Old 06-18-2012   #7
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that boat is huge, way too big for you too be happy with, 90 gallons of volume is a lot of boat. I still have my Micro 250 and that was a big boat at 78 gallons but was perfect for anyone over 200 lbs. I'd look for something smaller, you'd be much happier.
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Old 06-18-2012   #8
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Where did you buy it. They must have been trying to get rid of that boat pretty bad.
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Old 06-18-2012   #9
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thanks everyone, now i am positive that i need a new boat. i will be able to return it so its not a big problem. the owner of the store really seems to believe the boat will be fine, but i have heard more people say that a smaller boat will be better and it makes sense. why else would kayak companies make different size then? if anyone has anything else to add please do
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Old 06-18-2012   #10
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Do not waste time, return the boat before the seller changes his mind!

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