Best budget lightweight performance kayak for a bigun

Low deck no on qcc 500?

A Q400 would work as well, I have a single-hatch version in kevlar/carbon that is 41 pounds. The deck is high like the Q500, it’s long enough to behave well in confused chop, and it’s a little lighter than the Q500.

For reference, the Swift Caspian Sea is the same hull as the Q400 and the Swift Bering Sea is the same as the Q500. There’s a Bering Sea for sale in the classifieds right now for $800 in upstate NY, although the build is not specified.

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It’s a relatively high deck on the Q500 and Q400, I think it’s 14-1/2 inches. Plenty of foot room as well.


That’s a high deck.

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Problem with QCC for big guys that lack flexibility, is the cockpit opening. QCC used the same 16”x30” cockpit for all of their kayaks. You would need to be a flexible and fit big person, to fit. My father had one, ~10 years ago. He like the boat, but lack of flexibility in knees made getting in/out a pain.

The Current Design Kestrel 160 would be close. It has a huge recreational style cockpit opening (not close to a WS Pungo 140 but bigger than the Zephyr 160. It weighed ~45lbs. We sold one to a lady who was paralyzed from the waist down. The cockpit size made it easier to transfer from her wheelchair to/from the kayak. The Kestrel 160 had a nice glide and maneuvered nicely for it’s class. They are hard to find. Here is one out west. Saw one about a month ago, in Florida. But I think it sold.
Current Designs Kestrel 160 Mango USED consignment - California Canoe & Kayak

The Eddyline Sitka XT (Formally known as the Denali) has a larger than average cockpit opening as well. They rarely pop up on the used market, as well.

I’m almost as flexible as a treated 2x4.

The Sitka looks like a nice boat.

A friend added an outrigger to his Epic V7, to stabilize it for him. He has limited flexibility as well. The outrigger was fabricated out of PVC pipes.

There is a Bell Rob Roy decked canoe in Beaufort SC for ~ $850. It is sort of the Pungo of canoes. May need to add a seat for back support.

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Thanks. Both boats interest me but I don’t need another sit inside. I’ve paddled a V-7 briefly with no trouble and have a close by friend who has one so I’ll give that another try. I also had an S18S that presented only mild stability problems for me.
If the S14S doesn’t sell, I’m going to remove the foot braces and see if that will lower my knees enough to paddle over.

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There is a Current Designs Ignite in Herriman TN for $900. ~4 -5 hours from Greenville SC. It sorta bridges the gap between a SOT and a full ski. I think it was made on the Gulfstream hull. Main concern would be if the foot box is long enough for you. My Father used one breifly when he broke his leg ~7 years ago. Fairly stable, compared to most skis.

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Didn’t realize String was only considering a SOT, wouldn’t have suggested the Q400. The Ignite looks like a nice boat. BTW, the linked description says the Ignite is a Solstice hull.


Reflecting on the post that discussed bow waves and the blunt bow and stern of some boats. Im suprised by the rounded bow of the Current Design sit on top pictured above.

I didn’t specify SOT but those meet my physical limitations the best. But, I’ve used my Pungo far more than SOT this year. Trying to change that.

Yes Solstice hull.

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I paddled an Ignite in Florida when they first came out. If the outfitter would have done some trading with my Tarpon 160 I might have had one.

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An Eddyline Sandpiper might be just what you are looking for: Sandpiper | Recreational Kayak with large cockpit - eddylinekayaks