I have a chance to get a lightly used Valley Aquanaut LV for a good price. Like what I've read about the boat and intend to teach my self some rolls in it. Eventually I may venture out into some rock gardens or caves, but that is a long way off
As my first boat and as a beginner it would probably be used mainly for day trips with the occasional overnighter so my question is regarding the recommended load capacity. I am 5' 10" and weigh just under 180 pounds, which seems to be nearing the top limit of this boat. Problem is I have seen different numbers cited online ranging from 180 to 225.
To make it more confusing, I guess I am not entirely clear on what these capacity limits are referring to - rider alone or rider plus gear in the bulkheads?
If any one can counsel me on wether or not this boat might be a good fit, it would be appreciated.
And my apologies for having this be my first post here - been lurking for a number of months but never bothered to introduce myself!