I currently have a WS Tsunami 145, which - as a 5'11", 215lb guy - is perfect for me. It's got a slightly higher deck so I don't feel shoe-horned into it, where as many of the other 14-15ft. light-touring boats I've tried feel like I'm being strangled.
Problem, of course, is that it weighs at least 60lbs with the rudder. So I'm now looking for a much lighter boat. While I know this means paying more for lighter material, I'm tired of hefting this beast all over the place.
I have been reading about a few boats that are under 16ft and much lighter: the Swift 146, Impex Hesper, Manitou 14 fiberglass, Lincoln Chebeague and Eddyline Journey.
While there are many good reviews of all these boats on this site, I haven't seen any from "husky" paddlers.
If you happen to be a fellow stout paddler and can suggest a good