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Old 08-18-2013   #1
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Max paddler weight?

I've been talking to the local shops and getting really good advice regarding the process of becoming proficient. I'm going to start beginner classes soon and wanted to get some feedback in terms of my weight and max paddler weight listed under boat specs.

Most of the biggest river runner boats I see max out at about 260# paddler weight. I'm right there without gear. Will that cause real problems for me once I move from pools to rivers? Which specific boats might help me learn the ropes until I can lose enough weight so it's not a problem anymore?

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there are boats out there that will work for you (jackson karma L is one). Being heavier you'll just break boats more often then most
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There are definitely boat options out there for you, just not many. Look at some of the large Jackson designs (Karma L, Super Hero, Rogue 10) or the Liquidlogic Remix XP10. While some of these aren't true whitewater boats, they are crossovers, which means they have a bit more volume, and will be able to float you where you need to be at the beginner stages of your paddling. Your best option is to go to your local shop or outfitter and see what they will be putting you in for a lesson and then demo from there.
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Old 08-23-2013   #4
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If I add flotation, does that increase my max paddler weight?
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I am 6'3 305lbs.

I've paddled in a superhero, villain, and karma as a river runner, creeker and a super fun as a river play and monstar as a playboat

fit and volume will determine what you paddle.

any boat 90 gallons or bigger should float you as a river runner or creeker
length and width will help alot too.

any boat 70 gallons or bigger would be a play/river play boat
look at a super fun or a monstar/superstar

I think jackson makes the best boats for bigger guys. you'll notice the side of the boat comes up higher giving you more waterline at your cockpit.

compare to a stomper or pure and you should see what i mean.

also, demo. and try out a few boats.

for the record i've tryed a 90 mamba(new) a prijon pure xl a stomper 90 an everest and a burn l.

none of these boats gave me the float that jackson did. I paddle jackson, and will probably never fit in any other boat.
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If I add flotation, does that increase my max paddler weight?

any volume inside the boat will not add bouancy to the boat only displace water once you swim.

beachball in the fornt and float bags in the back will help your boat stay afloat while you swim.

now, if only you taped your floatbags to the outside of the boat....
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there are boats out there that will work for you (jackson karma L is one). Being heavier you'll just break boats more often then most

I notice it didn't take you too long to change your profile picture huh? where is that bad boy?
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I notice it didn't take you too long to change your profile picture huh? where is that bad boy?
yesssssss sir
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