How accurate are weight limits on kayaks?
You should subtract 25% of the weight capacity to ensure you are in the safe zone. You should be able to paddle the kayak and be fairly safe. 25% from 350 would be a person weighing 262.5 pounds or less. And that is only if you aren’t carrying any gear.
How much does a 10 foot kayak weigh?
It’s safe to say that shorter kayaks are lighter than longer kayaks. However, the material the kayak’s made of should still be considered. For instance, a 10 feet polyethylene fishing kayak can weigh over 60 lbs. making it heavier than 13 feet touring kayak made from heavy-duty PVC which weighs around 30 lbs.
Is a heavier kayak better?
A more lightweight kayak is easier to carry, easier to load onto your car (especially by yourself) and easier to get up to speed. A lighter boat also allows you to carry more gear because less of the weight capacity is taken up by the weight of the boat itself.
Is a 10 foot or 12 foot kayak better?
Many 12-foot kayaks can achieve higher top-end speeds than their 10-foot counterparts. As kayaks get longer they tend to be able to achieve higher top speeds because of their larger length-to-width ratio. This gives you, the paddler, more ability to cover more ground in shorter amounts of time.