Kayak Weight Capacity

I’m a big guy… I weigh 290 lbs. That being said, finding a kayak to fit me limits my choices a bit.

I can honestly tell you that whatever the listed weight capacity for a kayak, you want it to be at about 2/3 of that when you take into account your weight and the weight of your gear and other accessories. I need a kayak that has a weight capacity of 400 lbs minimum. Otherwise, instead of water draining out of the scupper holes, the water tends to come up and in through the holes. The kayak will still hold up to the weight capacity, but it’s gonna be a wet and possibly unstable ride.

For us larger set body styles, check out kayaks with 400 lbs or more weight capacity.  Some fine examples include the Feel Free Moken 10 and the Moken 10 Angler, Wilderness Systems Ride 135, Ocean Kayak Trident Series, Hobie Outback, and the Malibu Kayaks Stealth 12 & 14. I’ve paddled all of these kayaks and they work well for a guy my size. Finding a sit inside kayak is even more difficult, and finding a freestyle or play boat is nearly impossible.

One other important aspect to consider is where you sit in a kayak. I’m top heavy, if I sit in a kayak with a high positioned seat, it’ll seem a bit “tippier” to me.  I prefer to sit pretty low since this balances out my center of gravity, making me feel much more stable and comfortable.

Dave
Assistant Manager
ACK San Marcos