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Old 11-29-2012   #1
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weight ranges for kayak

I have long been an advocate of " if you can get in it, you can paddle it"
I am looking for a new creek boat and have noticed that the volumes are much higher( generally 10+ gallons to the last creek boat I owned.) Has me wafflng a bit between the large and medium sizes. While I am used to being at the top limit,Because of both weight loss and larger boats I am now at the high end of the medium and low end of the large. Ohh What t do?
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Old 11-29-2012   #2
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If ur short and fat don't go large. If ur doing selfsupporter don't go medium. If ur short and fat and want to do selfsupport ur screwed.

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Old 11-29-2012   #3
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I ain't short and fat, not even close to Aintry boyfriend material. 6' 217lbs
Will be mostly SE creeking maybe a few big water runs
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Old 11-29-2012   #4
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Go Large. I'm only 5'8" 175 and paddle the large Stomper for creeking.
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Old 11-29-2012   #5
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Agreed. Go low end of large. But what boat puts 217 at the low end of the weight range?
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Old 11-29-2012   #6
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jacksons new karma medium might be a good choice, or any of the large boats. At 6' and 220lbs the larges might give you the most comfort.

I like jackson boats, and they run larger than pyrahna or wavesport volume wise per size.

I would demo some of the new stuff to see if you like plaining hull or displacement.

bottom line, I think you'd want at least 80 gallons and no more than 90. what are you considering now?
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Old 11-29-2012   #7
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I'm with Evan, go big. I paddled a Jackson Rocker for years at 175 lbs, the high end of the rating, and this year I got the large Villain. I'm at the bottom of the weight range and initially thought the 92 gallons would be too much for me to handle. Definitely not the case, new boat designs handle the larger volumes better than boats of even 5 years ago. I would disagree with Bob, if you are looking at the Karma skip the medium and go large.

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