Hello, I am big…240pounds…when your spec say 220pounds…just how far would I be pushing the limits if I used used it on Lake Michigan with whitewater trips every once in a while? Which Innova boat would you suggest?
I weigh about 220, and I find that the factory weight specs on the kayaks are pretty conservative. For example, I have raced the Helios double in a forty-mile open water event with 460 pounds on board — me and my partner plus gear — when the posted capacity is 396 pounds.
That said, you might consider the Sunny model. It sets up well as a single with the paddler in the middle of the boat. I have had a 300 pound friend paddle the Sunny solo. At 240, the Sunny would have enough reserve buoyancy to keep you pretty dry and still maintain the quickness and paddling speed of this model.