Actual vs. advertised kayak weights

Do any others of you bother to actually weigh your own kayaks? If so, I’d like to know your results.
I have a stand up scale with the sliding weights at chest level. Once I have the boat balanced on the footpad and subtract the tare of whatever I use to help the balance, it is easy to get an accurate reading. Here are results of four boats I’ve owned:(advertised weight) vs. my reading:

Eddyline Raven Carbonlite (52) vs 54.25
Eddyline Rio Carbonlite (35) vs 35.75
P&H Capella 160 tricore rotomold (54) vs 56.25
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 135 (48) vs 48

Good thread idea. I tossed one of my boats on the digital bathroom scale since I was taking it off the car:

Boreal Designs Baffin P2 (62.5) vs. 62.2 Mine is pre-Flex seating system.

I used to carry a scale when shopping for boats. I became very aware of weight after building a few S&Gs.
I once ordered a new carbon/Kevlar Valley and spec’d the max weight I would accept (43lbs.)… It came in one pound under… Of course you have to wait for it to be built shipped and delivered but the boat was perfect :sunglasses:

I’ve been meaning to check the new Delphin. Listed @ 55 & get 54.6. Pretty close for plastic.

Manufacturers have gotten better with this. At one time some of them would give the weight of a bare hull. No seat, no hatches, no hardware, etc. Given that for many manufacturers there are still a lot of manual steps in manufacturing a kayak, I wouldn’t sweat a pound or so either way.

I worked in manufacturing for 40 years. It can be difficult to hit spec on small objects, let alone large flexible ones. That is why specs have tolerances.
A good manufacturer keeps variables like weight as close to tolerance center as possible. You don’t want to waste $ on excess material nor bad customer results.

Thanks for the feedback. Any further feed back from any P&H owners would be most welcome since I have a Cetus on order.

I use a digital luggage scale. Just hang the kayak off the scale from the bow or stern lifting toggle while someone else lifts the kayak from the toggle at the other end. Then, swap ends and add the two weights together. For my three bigger kayaks, I got:

1996 Necky Looksha IVs fiberglass with rudder) - 55 lb
Pygmy Coho stitch & glue with bulkheads, hatches and deck compass - 43.5 lb
2002 Seaward Luna Grande fiberglass with rudder - 52 lb

I also looked at an old (1998!) Necky Arluk III 19 foot kevlar boat the other day and weighed it with the seller. It was 49 lb. He had done a beautiful job of refinishing the hull with marine epoxy paint that may have added a couple of pounds to the weight. A little too tippy for my needs, so that one is still for sale on Maine Craig’s List.

I weighed a couple of 40 lb bags of softener salt to check the accuracy of my scale. I don’t remember the result, but it was quite good. Sorry, my fleet is old so I don’t have any newer kayaks to report on.