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    I'm beginning to get more serious about looking for my first kayak, but I will be doing so on a fairly limited budget. I'm 6'2 and hover around 270 or 280, so I could stand to lose a few lbs but I would at least like to find a kayak eventually that I could safely use at this weight. I know that this also means a higher price tag. What brands, models, etc would you all recommend for someone of my stature who is looking for his first fishing kayak? What should I reasonably expect to spend on a solid used one that will fit me?
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    Sort of tough to find good used ones now a days. Everyone’s buying everything up around here. I would think any of the name brands would be pretty good to start, probably depends on what you can find. Jackson kayaks, FeelFree, Hobie, Native Watercraft, Old Town, Bonifide, 3 Waters, Nucanoe are some that come to mind. I would try to stay away from some of the budget kayaks like tamarack, sun dolphin, etc. Not that they are all bad just not typical good choices for larger guys. I think my tamarack has a 275 lb weight limit and your not gonna move around much in that thing. My Titan has around 500 lb limit and I can stand, turn, crawl around, etc. Night and day difference. As far as money that’s hard to say exactly but I would say at least $500 up. Go check out some kayaks online and see if any trip your trigger. YouTube has a ton of videos, Austin Kayak has a bunch with descriptions and pictures and also gives you an idea on prices. Hopefully this helps some.
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    I understand the budget thing. Iím 6í3 and am almost 260. I fish out of a lifetime tamarack. Itís by no means the best. But it gets me off the bank and Iíve had no problem out of it. Never flipped it. Just have to limit what you take with you. Eventually Iíll get something better but like I said it gets me off the bank.


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    6ííft 3Not 63 yet.


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    Iím 6í and 1 biscuit away from 300lb
    I have a Jackson big rig that is very stable and can stand in.
    Itís a tank. Only con, it weighs as much as a tank!
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    Thanks for the replies guys, my budget would be up to around $500.


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    You should be able to find a pretty nice one for that used. My problem was the wife wouldnít give me that much of a budget for one. Lol. Good luck. You will love fishing out of a yak.


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    Damion did you buy the Tamarack 10 or 12 foot version?


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    Do they have a 12' version tamarack? Mine is 10' and I thought that was standard.

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    If looking at tamarack I would consider the Lifetime Teton just for the seat! Comfort makes all the difference.

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