The average person would not have a hard time finding a canoe that would fit them. When you are a larger person you have to think ahead about these things. There are many types of canoes out there it is just a matter of doing your homework.
One popular choice for a two person canoe is the ten feet nine inch inflatable Colorado canoe. They have freshened up the look and made some valve changes as well. They have also added large motor mount grommets. The weight limit on this is five hundred pounds. This model comes in blue and hunter green. The Rio one person inflatable canoe features the same new look and is nine feet ten inches long and has a weight limit of three hundred fifty. The double person pointer K2 series also can be paddled solo with an optional spray skirt and spray deck attachment system. This canoe is fourteen feet two inches long and has a weight limit of 600 pounds.
Feather Canoes has come up with what they call the big mac. This is a light weight canoe to be enjoyed by someone who could not use the Wee lassie or wee lassie two because of their size. Most of the people who built this boat just wanted a good stable canoe to fish out of, and were not interested in speed. They were only wanting a lightweight boat that could handle the weight and not be so heavy to carry. This boat is asymmetrical because the stern section of the canoe are fuller then the bow. This is a good looking little canoe that is versatile enough to carry a heavier paddler. This means definitely over two hundred pounds. These are just a few to be listed. Just so you know even if you are bigger there are options and you are not restricted to land.
The offshore life jacket type one can be at times hot and bulky but this one will provide the most floatation. This jacket type will also keep most adults face up even if they are unconscious. This will be the best type of life jacket for a larger person. To be sure that this is the right jacket for you and it fits properly follow these steps.
- Put the life jacket on and be sure all of the zippers, ties or straps are adjusted right and fastened firmly.
- Raise your arms and have someone else pull on your shoulders.
- If this jacket does not stay in place and rises above your mouth or nose try to adjust it better or you may need to find another model that suits you better.
You will always want to make sure you wear your life jacket just to be safe. Even the most experienced people on canoes can have problems so it is better to be safe.
There are many canoe styles for larger people available so be sure to get the one that suits you and your size.