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The paddler who started the thread stated they would be using the canoe on rivers, lakes, and creeks. I took part of their comments as evidence that they were an inexperienced paddler.
Mohawk estimates the capacity of the Solo 13 at 300 lbs. The paddler estimates their weight at 330 pounds, or 30 pounds "more" than the estimated capacity of the boat.
Surely a paddler should "reasonably expect" when they purchase a boat, that it would at least have the capacity to carry them, and enough gear for an overnight.
Will the paddler only use of the boat be day floats with no gear. Is that realistic? Is that what the vast majority of paddler do; a day float with no gear?
Why would any paddler purchase a boat that would be carrying 30 pounds over the estimated capacity as soon as they step into the boat?
Let's say, just for the sake of argument, that the paddler(inexperienced) would (travel light)and carry only 30 pounds of gear for an overnight on the river. Now the combined weight of the paddler & their gear is 360 pounds. That is 60 pounds above the estimated capacity of the boat.
How much freeboard do you anticipate a Mohawk Solo 13 might have when carrying 360 lbs?
It is my opinion that a Solo 13 with 330 lbs of weight will not just be sluggish; it will be wallowing in the water, and with 360 lbs of paddler & gear aboard, it will be actively seeking a place to take on water; prior to it's capsize.
You state you have seen a Solo 13 used by "sizeable" paddlers. Define sizeable paddler;
200, 225, 250, 275, 300, lbs? Have you seen a 330 lb, inexperieinced paddler, using a Solo 13?
I would love to see a video of a 330 pound, inexperienced paddler, in a Mohawk Solo 13, paddling on a lake with some 12 inch rollers & a head wind, or the same paddler in the same boat, going over a 12 inch ledge, followed by a 50 to 100 foot long series of 12 inch standing waves. I don't view those conditions as extreme.
Why not go for a longer/higher volume boat to begin with; so the paddler has a more versatile boat?