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I'm 6'7", 250 punds, and am interested in getting a kayak. I would assume my options for something that fits me are limited, but I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations. I would use it in small lakes, rivers, and the Bay. Thanks for your advice!

PS: It seems like the Tarpon is popular, but would the rudder pedals get in my way?
 

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I have a couple yaks and the "best" stable dry ride for me is the Emotion Fisherman. Give one a try. In fact, test drive any before you buy.

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There is a new blue Malibu Extreme available, For $1000, it retails for $1300. It is a good bigboy kayak. Shoot me a bmail for more details.
 

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I'm 6'6", 190 pounds and paddle a Tarpon 140. I've got some pretty long legs and yes, the foot pegs were in the way . I just took the pegs off. My feet rest right at the end of the cockpit with just enough bend in the knees. I highly recommend the T140 for us tall guys. It's a great boat.

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I have a 10ft.Mainstream "Twist" SOT that weighs only 38# and is rated for 300#.I paid $350 for it at Dick's Sporting Goods.I just lay it caddy corner in my 6ft.bed pickup & tie it off to the bumper & away we go......Frugal Simplicity A 12-14ft.would be a bit more to handle alone by size & weight,although I hear that they'll be faster.That may be a factor for people that are going several miles each way.I usually launch mine where I usually only have to paddle a Half mile to 1 mile from launching,and generally fish along the way to break up the boredom of paddleing a long way to get where I want to fish.I absolutely love it and would buy another just like it because of it's size,weight and I can sit sideways on it without it tipping.I'm 5'10" Weigh 180# with gear on and will be 57 this May.
 

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I just measured the the inside length of the 10ft.SOT Mainstream twist.If you were sitting inside it measures 48in.from the back of the seat to the last foot rest.Just out of curiosity how long would you be from the back of your spine,sitting up to the bottom of your shoes?Of course your knees will be bent some while your in a Kayak.
 

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I don't know where you live,but you could try mine out for size & handleing.I live on the water in Harford county.Md. I have stretch neopreme waders if you don't have a pair.B-mail me if you're interested.Some places won't take them back if you don't like them.
 

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Thanks for the info and invite Capt. Nick. Going to have to break out the tape measure ...
 

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I am 6'3" and go about 215. I paddle and fish from a Sit-inside SIK. I love my WS Pamlico 135T. T for tandem. It's 13'5' long and the front seat slides to center for solo paddling. With my 185 lb son and I together she is a bit sluggest, and the only time I wish I had a rudder, but she's wonderful solo. Plenty of Volume. I just bought two air bags for it because of it's open bow and stern and limited foam blocks. I want the extra floation if I ever get the nerve to try the ocean. I have a FF, Berkley rod holder and anchor system installed.

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[Q]dj_is originally wrote:
I'm 6'7", 250 punds, and am interested in getting a kayak. I would assume my options for something that fits me are limited, but I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations. I would use it in small lakes, rivers, and the Bay. Thanks for your advice!

PS: It seems like the Tarpon is popular, but would the rudder pedals get in my way?
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Have never really studied the subject of how biug a kayak versus how big a person, but I've read that your body weight shouldn't exceed 60% of thwe weight carrying capacity of the kayak. If the kayak is rated for 350 then a person shouldn't exceed 210, but I'd bet you'd be okay even at 230.

Anyway here's some sites to look at for kayak specifications for the different makes and models;

http://www.wildernesssystems.com/

http://www.hobiecat.com/

http://www.cobrakayaks.com/

http://www.riversidekayak.com/products/Recrational/Phoenix/

http://www.oceankayak.com/

http://www.perceptionkayaks.com/

Here's some online stores;

http://www.paddleva.com/

http://www.baytrails.com/

http://www.kayakfishingstuff.com/fishing_kayak_sitemap.asp

http://www.wildriveroutfitters.com/retail05/MerchandiseFRM.htm

Good luck. Hope this helps out a bit.
 
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