OK, so first, I'm currently 335 lbs. (6ft tall) But, I am losing weight. I'm down from 450 and shooting for 225 or less.
That being said, I'm shopping for a decent kayak. I'm on a budget (Sub $500) and need a sit on top as back/hip injuries (compounded by my weight) make it really hard to get in and out of the cockpit of a SinK.
I'm looking at boats with a weigh rating of 350 lbs. But, I'm also finding a lot of nice boats with a 300 or 325 lb weight rating. I don't plan on carrying much more than the PDF I'm wearing, my camera, cell phone, and a couple of bottles of water for now.
I know most manufactures of products tend to err on the side of safety and under-rate their products (IE: It tests to 400 lbs, label it at 350). Mainly because people usually push those limits.
Since I'm still losing wight, anyone think that the 300-325 rated boats would be safe/stable?
Should I just stick to the 350 lb rating and just know I'll soon have a margin for overnight gear?
I've come to learn this site has a pretty opinionated lot... So, fire away!