Ok going on a kayak camping trip my first ever. Going with a group to Georgian Bay in Canada. Using my NDK Greenlander Pro. I tried test packing the kayak today. Almost everything fit inside except the Thermarest Sleeping pad which I attached on rear deck. Total gear weight was about 40 pounds. I weighed what I put into each hatch.
Rear hatch including sleeping pad on rear deck was 19 pounds.
Day hatch 9 pounds
Front hatch 12 pounds
I weigh 167 lbs
I havent yet test paddled loaded but will do so long before trip. Now what I haven't included in that weight was water that I will put into deck bag on front deck plus a one liter collapsible bottle in day hatch. I will be filtering water as I go. I have filter located in day hatch. I figure at lunch I can filter to refill water. I will either use three 20 ounce bottles in deck bag or one camel back 50 ounce bladder plus have the one liter in day hatch which depending on conditions might not want to access. Using Platypus Gravity fed water filter.
So as far as weight distribution does that sound ok? Never paddled before loaded like this but I will test paddle fully loaded before trip but thought I would see what others thought before I go out for a trial run.Might need more water maybe another 20 ouncer.