I am a complete newbie to kayaking, although I have 50+ years of boating experience.
I am 6’6" tall and weigh 270 pounds.
I’ve “tried on” a variety of SOT kayaks and so far the Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 seems to be the best fit. I also like the Current Designs Altura but it’s way out of my price range!
- It seems to me that a Sit-in would be more stable, given my fairly high center of gravity, but with my long legs, I don’t think I can fit. Are there any Sit-ins with LOTS of legroom, at a price under $800?
- For a newbie, is the SOT design safer or more stable? Living i South Florida, I don’t mind getting wet!
- From what I’ve read, it looks like the total capacity of the kayak should be about 1 1/2 times the weight of the paddler. Is this a good rule of thumb? For me that says I should look for a boat with 400 lbs. capacity or more.
- What about material? The Hurricane Phoenix series (Lexan) looks pretty in the showroom, but I’m afraid of scratching it easily on sandy beaches or worse (coral). Can anyone who owns one comment on this?
I know that’s a lot of questions - as I said I’m a complete newbie!
Thanks in advance for the help.