I'm thinking about buying a Necky Chatham...
I'm thinking about buying a Necky Chatham 16 and I have a couple of questions. First of all, I am 6 feet, 175 lbs. Is that okay for this kayak?
Secondly, if I straddle the kayak and drop my butt into the seat, is the cockpit big enough for me to get my legs in afterwards. A friend said I would have to sit on the deck behind the cockpit and use a paddle brace to stabilize the kayak while I get my legs in first and then drop my butt into the seat. Is this correct?
I'm 6'1'' and ~200lbs with size 12 kickers and I paddle both the 16 and 17 comfortably all summer, so you should fit with no problem. The adjustably of the thigh braces is key, and paired with the seat/backband it can make a snug fit for most people.
As for getting in, the paddle brace is usually the preferred method. from the straddle position it'll probably be a struggle to get your legs in quickly, unless of course you've been goin to it with the Bikram yoga.