Well, I am pretty much a beginner boater (classII & some classIII), but I can tell you that you may have a little trouble with this boat. I love it, but I am 5' tall and weigh about 110 lbs. I suggest you demo one and try it or find one to borrow. Your legs might be a little too long.
As for it being a chick boat, it is. However, just because they designed it for women doesn't mean it has to be paddled by one. Give it a shot. It's a great boat. Let me know if you can't find one to demo.
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