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Old 08-23-2004   #1
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Newbie question - which Boats for 6'6" 190lb paddler

Hi there,

I'm new to Kayaking and took some lessons with the excellent Boulder Outdoor Center (plug).

I've been looking at picking up a second hand boat and am 6 ft 6" and about 190 pounds. I want an all-round boat to get me started so I'm not looking at a play boat but an easy boat to practice rolls, braces, class II and III etc. My dimensions are obviously not common so i'll need a good fit.

Any advice on boat makes and models, types would be appreciated so I know what to look for at the the upcoming used sales.


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Old 08-23-2004   #2
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I'm hardly a boat expert, but I think you'll fit a Wavesport Super EZ. It's a tried and true river runner/play boat, and appropriate for beginner to expert.

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Old 08-23-2004   #3
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I'm 6'6" 210# and paddle a Jackson Super Fun, I also tried and fit in Wave Sport Super EZ, Wave Sport Deisel 75, Pyranaha H:3 255 and the Liquid Logic Hoss.
My one suggestion when looking at used boats is not to go with the cheap old displacement boats you will find out there. Look for something with a newer design and a planning hull. Also look around and get an idea of what specific kayaks that you fit into are going for some people have a warped idea of what there old gear is worth.
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Old 08-24-2004   #4
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I think the Super EZ may be a little short for someone 6' 6" but the other boats seem like good suggestions. Shameless plug here but I have a Wavesport Z that might do the trick that I would sell.
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Old 08-24-2004   #5
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I reread this and see that someone 6,6 has fit in a super EZ. That surprises me.
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Old 08-24-2004   #6
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I am 6'6", 205 lbs with size 13's and fit in a Super EZ. Pulled the adjustable bulk head. Good river running boat and plays well too.

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Old 08-24-2004   #7
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I have a Hoss that I have loaned to several people over 6 feet including 6'8". All have come back psyched on the comfort, handling, and support that it provides. I am 5' 10" and love to paddle hard stuff in in and have taken it to South Canyon at lower flow. It is a great platform for big folks to work from.
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Old 08-29-2004   #8
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Great advice everyone! Thanks...

I'll let you know what I find!

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