How much weight can go in a kayak?
Besides the lack of an enclosed cockpit, another thing that sets them apart from their sit-inside counterparts is weight capacity: Sit-on-top kayaks tend to have an average weight limit of 350 to 400 pounds – up to 100 pounds higher than the average 300-pound weight limit rating for closed cockpit-style models.
Is a wider kayak more stable?
A wider kayak will be more stable than a narrow one. Conversely, a narrow kayak is usually more efficient than a wide one. A wider kayak may provide more stability for both heavier paddlers and tall paddlers with a higher center of gravity. A wider kayak will also enable a paddler to spread their legs out more.
Is a heavier kayak more stable?
So wider kayaks are generally more stable than narrow ones, but the wider a kayak, the more work it takes to paddle it — at any speed. So generally, the more stable (i.e. wider) your kayak, the harder you’ll have to work to keep up to your friends. This is true whether you’re paddling at an all day pace or sprinting.