Martin B wrote:Ent, on the possibility of the German Prijon craft, I purchased a Kodiak as my first kayak but due the restricted travel time and purchase location, had to take it without a test paddle. I was aged 71 at the time, 1853 x 92kg with Oz size 10.5 feet and 2 synthetic hips.
To start with, everytime I looked around to see or find my wife ( 1550 x 65kg) in her new Prijon Touryak, I tipped the Kodiak over and fell out ! After week or so, swapped boats with SWMBO and tried the slighty shorter craft but same cockpit width, same length, same seat cockpit Touryak and immediately could look around to find her, no tilt, no falling over. The difference in primary stability was amazing despite the hull cross-section shapes being fairly similar.
Long story short, swapped my Kodiak for another Touryak. Probably would be enough leg room in a Touryak to move my foot pegs 100mm forward but could check for you if necessary.
An alternative is to build yourself a Yost fuselage Skin-on-Frame to suit your specific geometry. That's what I did and you would find Tom Yost extremely helpful in pointing you to the correct design and any modifications necessary to get more foot room or extra leg length.
Touryak about 25kg; Yost Sea Cruiser a mere 11 kg - a one hand lift and easy to get onto the top of the Kia Sportage 4WD.
And reviews by highly experienced paddlers with a long list of achievements rather useless as stability to them means something totally different to a mug paddler.
gnarlydog wrote:Sea Kayaker Magazine (no longer published) used to give exact objective measured figures for the kayaks they tested. It showed how much a kayak would heel (tip) to the side when a standard given amount of weight was applied. They were trying to express, in some kind of quantifiable measurement, how stable (or not) a kayak was.
Ilean2 wrote:Hey ENT
I can relate 6'2 114 and an amputee there just doesn't seem to be too much stuff out there for the average sized guy like us and I have the added bonus of being an leg amputee. I have read the comments here and find it all very helpful I have a Dagger Exodus 1610 and it seem twitchy but has heaps of length in the cockpit and I haven't fallen out yet. It twitches but then seems to stop and move well once going the thigh braces seem to be low though or I have large thighs which restricts movement a lot. I am relatively new to this type of yak myself so I am not going to give any impressions just thought I would let you know how I find my Dagger. Cheaper and reasonably good I think maybe you could try one of these out for room.
Cheers from Ilean2
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