Capacity and Weight

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.

Weight Capacity

Your kayaks call for a weight of 220 pounds for a 1-person. I weigh around 235, and would have roughly a 20 pound pack on some accassions. Would the kayak be OK? Which one would be more preferable for that weight?

I weigh about 220 pounds. I find the weight capacity listed by the factory, which we show on our website, as quite conservative. That is, when the boat is loaded to the listed capacity, the bottom of the main side tubes is just starting to become immersed.

Now, the Innova Safari is self-bailing. So when this is loaded beyond the 220-pound capacity it will be lower in the water and a little wetter on the interior than with a lower weight. The Sunny, Helios, and Solar are less affected. I have paddled the Helios double with 460 pounds aboard in very rough conditions, and this boat is rated for 396 pounds.