Originally Posted by dirtbagkayaker
I totally disagree with pbell on the outfitting. I hate the new outfitting in boats these days. Its just too much stupid stuff for my tastes and really doesn't provide a solid fit
Everyone has their own tastes when it comes to outfitting, but, for me, lower back support is huge. I also remember cutting foam back in the day, but (maybe due to inferior foam cutting skills?) I was never able to get the kind of support I can get with a ratcheted backband.
If the majority of the kayaking world agreed that the new outfitting is "too much stupid stuff" then the market would reflect that in new boat's outfitting. Instead, pretty much every new boat out there has some kind of ratcheted backband and way more thigh support than the Phat and other boats like it ten years ago did.
I teach kayaking part time and spend a lot of time helping beginners choose their first boat. You can usually get something newer for $400 or so if you do your homework (although you may have to travel outside of MO to do so.) Sometimes you can get lucky and find great deals from people who invested in the sport then decided it wasn't for them.
As for size, I used to paddle a Phat at 6'1" and 180#. You are significantly smaller than that. I agree with the previous poster about some of the issues you will have with a boat that is too big.
At the end of the day, I'd say you should find yourself on the fence regarding this purchase. The price is great, but the size is a bit too big and outfitting (particularly the back support) won't be the same as a newer boat. It's tempting to jump on a great deal, but if you don't love your new boat, then kayaking just won't be as fun.