I'm a big fellow and I'm considering a kayak. I'm 6' 5" and 330 lbs big just so you know.
I am looking for a kayak for use on lakes and ponds with the occasional trip on a relatively slow moving river or creek. I also would like something I could take down the shore on vacation for back bay use but I don't plan any beach launches.
Based on what I have read here and elsewhere I am considering the Cobra Fish N Dive and the Malibu X-Factor. I'm far more concerned about stability and ease of use while fly fishing than I am with paddling ease or speed. Most of places I plan to fish are either small lakes of 200 acres or less or gently moving flowing water.
In my mind besides the questions I have about my potential choices I have questions about how kayaks are rated for capacity?
I see kayaks of similar length that only vary in width by 3 or 4 inches and yet the published capacities are very different. One may be rated for 600 pounds and one a foot longer and 3 inches narrower may be rated for 400 pounds. Is somebody fudging something?
With those thoughts in mind I would like to hear from owners of the kayaks I mentioned, or from owners of similar kayaks with similar specs suitable for a big guy.
Tim Murphy AKA Goobs