I have noticed a few things in my shopping around looking at a few different brands of kayaks and have come up with a few questions. Although I have been paddling for over a year (in kayaks…much longer in canoes) I still have limited experiences with various brands.
- I have noticed that Dagger/Perception tends to have wider cockpits than Necky, without exactly ballooning the width of the boat as a whole. I have had problems getting into narrower boats (Looksha IV, Elaho HV) because I am a bigger guy than most (6’4, 240ish). Is there any reason that the cockpits are wider? Are there disadvantages to this?
- I have been looking around at some smaller rec boats that would be fun in the narrower midland rivers here in SC (like the Catalyst 13.0, or Acadia). Problem is, there are no thigh pads and I would like to be able to roll my kayak and have it perform as much like a sea kayak as possible. Is it possible to outfit a rec kayak with some sort of thigh braces to enable me to do that?