Choosing a Kayak

ModelLengthBeamWeightCockpitKnee HeightMax. Shoe SizePaddler Wt.Load
Aleutesque5.5 m (18′)510 mm (20″)19.5 kg (43 lb)735 × 405 mm (29″ × 16″)255 mm (10″)9 (43)65-95 kg (10-15 st)135 kg (300 lb)
Chesapeake 144.3 m (14′)540 mm (21″)16 kg (36 lb)787 × 432 mm (31″ × 17″)266 mm (10½″)7 (41)27-61 kg (4¼-9½ st)78 kg (175 lb)
Chesapeake 16 Light Touring4.73 m (15′ 6½″)560 mm (22″)19 kg (42 lb)787 × 432 mm (31″ × 17″)292 mm (11½″)9 (44)44.5-71 kg (7-11½ st)98 kg (220 lb)
Chesapeake 164.77 m (15′ 8″)585 mm (23″)19 kg (42 lb)787 × 432 mm (31″ × 17″)304 mm (12″)11 (46)53.5-80 kg (8½-12½ st)116 kg (260 lb)
Chesapeake 17 Light Touring5.15 m (16′ 11″)590 mm (23½″)20.5 kg (45 lb)787 × 432 mm (31″ × 17″)311 mm (12¼″)11 (46)68-100 kg (10½-15½ st)136 kg (300 lb)
Chesapeake 175.18 m (17′)610 mm (24″)20.5 kg (45 lb)787 × 432 mm (31″ × 17″)318 mm (12½″)13 (50)80-111 kg (12¾-17¾ st)154 kg (345 lb)
Chesapeake 185.48 m (18′)620 mm (24½″)21.7 kg (48 lb)787 × 432 mm (31″ × 17″)330 mm (13″)13 (50)95-122 kg (15-19 st)159 kg (350 lb)
Chesapeake Double6.4 m (21′)760 mm (30″)29 kg (65 lb)787 × 432 mm (31″ × 17″)355 mm (14″)13½ (48)134-268 kg (21½-42¾ st)312 kg (700 lb)
Chesapeake Triple6.4 m (21′)760 mm (30″)30 kg (68 lb)787 × 432 mm (31″ × 17″)355 mm (14″)14 (49)134-268 kg (21½-42¾ st)312 kg (700 lb)
Endurance Tandem6.6 m (21′ 8″)535 mm (21″)14 kg (31 lb)204 kg (450 lb)
Ganymede4 m (13′)635 mm (25″)15 kg (33½ lb)305 mm (12″)11 (46)23-115 kg (3.5-18 st)115 kg (250 lb)
Io Child's Kayak2.1 m (7′)480 mm (19″)5.5 kg (12 lb)34 kg (75 lb)
Great Auk5.2 m (17′)610 mm (24″)18.5 kg (41 lb)840 × 480 mm (33″ × 19″)330 mm (13″)11 (46)68-100 kg (11-16 st)160 kg (350 lb)
14 ft Great Auk4.3 m (14′)620 mm (24½″)16 kg (35 lb)840 × 480 mm (33″ × 19″)330 mm (13″)11 (46)55-90 kg (8.5-14 st)122 kg (270 lb)
High-Capacity Great Auk5.5 m (18′)760 mm (30″)25 kg (54 lb)815 × 585 mm (32″ × 23″)330 mm (13″)13 (48)135-180 kg (21.5-28.5 st)270 kg (600 lb)
Razor-Billed Auk5.8 m (19′)510 mm (20″)20.5 kg (45½ lb)760 × 430 mm (30″ × 17″)305 mm (12″)10 (45)68-100 kg (11-16 st)160 kg (350 lb)
Great Auk Double6.4 m (21′)660 mm (26″)25.5 kg (56 lb)840 × 480 mm (33″ × 19″)280 mm (11″)12 (47)90-180 kg (14-28.5 st)270 kg (600 lb)
Guillemot5.2 m (17′)535 mm (21″)15 kg (33 lb)735 × 430 mm (29″ × 17″)305 mm (12″)11 (46)68-100 kg (11-16 st)135 kg (300 lb)
Guillemot Small4.9 m (16′)510 mm (20″)13.5 kg (30 lb)735 × 405 mm (29″ × 16″)280 mm (11″)8 (42)45-80 kg (7-12.5 st)115 kg (250 lb)
Guillemot Large5.5 m (18′)585 mm (23″)17 kg (38 lb)815 × 455 mm (32″ × 18″)330 mm (13″)13 (48)85-125 kg (13.5-20 st)170 kg (375 lb)
Guillemot Play5 m (16½′)560 mm (22″)14 kg (31 lb)735 × 430 mm (29″ × 17″)280 mm (11″)9 (43)50-85 kg (8-13.5 st)115 kg (250 lb)
Guillemot Expedition Single5.8 m (19′)535 mm (21″)18 kg (39 lb)735 × 430 mm (29″ × 17″)305 mm (12″)13 (48)68-115 kg (10.5-18 st)160 kg (350 lb)
Guillemot Double6.1 m (20′)710 mm (28″)25.5 kg (56 lb)785 × 455 mm (31″ × 18″)305 mm (12″)13 (48)90-225 kg (14-36 st)320 kg (700 lb)
Guillemot Fast Double7.8 m (25½′)535 mm (21″)26.5 kg (58 lb)735 × 430 mm (29″ × 17″)280 mm (11″)13 (48)90-180 kg (14-29 st)270 kg (600 lb)
10 ft Little Auk3 m (10′)710 mm (28″)12.7 kg (28 lb)890 × 480 mm (35″ × 19″)330 mm (13″)13 (48)50-85 kg (8-13.5 st)115 kg (250 lb)
11 ft Little Auk3.4 m (11′)710 mm (28″)14 kg (31 lb)890 × 480 mm (35″ × 19″)330 mm (13″)13 (48)55-90 kg (8.5-14 st)120 kg (260 lb)
Matunuck2.6 m (8′ 6″)610 mm (24″)9.5 kg (21 lb)780 × 480 mm (31″ × 19″)228 mm (9″)11 (46)36-89 kg (6-14 st)
microBootlegger Tandem5.3 m (17′6″)685 mm (27″)19.5 kg (43 lb)2 m × 535 mm (80″ × 21″)80-150 kg (12.5-23.5 st)200 kg (450 lb)
microBootlegger Solo4.3 m (14′)660 mm (26″)15 kg (33 lb)
Mill Creek 133.96 m (13′)735 mm (29″)18.1 kg (40 lb)1.4 × 0.41 m (57″ × 16¼″)136 kg (300 lb)
Mill Creek 16.55.03 m (16′ 6″)840 mm (33″)28.1 kg (62 lb)2.2 × 0.53 m (88″ × 21″)204 kg (450 lb)
Mill Creek Hybrid 16.55.03 m (16′ 6″)840 mm (33″)28.1 kg (62 lb)88″ × 21″204 kg (450 lb)
Mystery Racing Sea Kayak6.1 m (20′)510 mm (20″)18.5 kg (41 lb)840 × 405 mm (33″ × 16″)10 (45)80-115 kg (12.5-18 st)160 kg (350 lb)
Night Heron cedar-strip5.5 m (18′)510 mm (20″)18.1 kg (40 lb)785 × 405 mm (31″ × 16″)280 mm (11″)10 (45)68-100 kg (11-16 st)136 kg (300 lb)
Greenland Night Heron cedar-strip5.5 m (18′)510 mm (20″)17.7 kg (39 lb)510 × 405 mm (20″ × 16″)280 mm (11″)9 (43)68-100 kg (11-16 st)132 kg (290 lb)
High-deck Night Heron cedar-strip5.5 m (18′)510 mm (20″)18.1 kg (40 lb)785 × 405 mm (31″ × 16″)305 mm (12″)12 (47)68-100 kg (11-16 st)136 kg (300 lb)
Night Heron Stitch-and-Glue5.5 m (18′)510 mm (20″)18.5 kg (41 lb)735 × 405 mm (29″ × 16″)280 mm (11″)10 (45)68-100 kg (11-16 st)136 kg (300 lb)
Hybrid Night Heron5.5 m (18′)510 mm (20″)18.1 kg (40 lb)785 × 405 mm (31″ × 16″)280 mm (11″)10 (45)68-100 kg (11-16 st)136 kg (300 lb)
High-deck Hybrid Night Heron5.5 m (18′)510 mm (20″)18.1 kg (40 lb)735 × 405 mm (29″ × 16″)305 mm (12″)12 (47)68-100 kg (11-16 st)136 kg (300 lb)
Pax 185.48 m (18′)535 mm (21″)17 kg (38 lb)787 × 432 mm (31″ × 17″)280 mm (11″)10½ (45)55-80 kg (8½-12½ st)80 kg (175 lb)
Pax 205.99 m (19′ 8″)490 mm (19½″)18 kg (40 lb)787 × 432 mm (31″ × 17″)280 mm (11″)11½ (46)77-104 kg (12-16½ st)110 kg (245 lb)
Petrel5.2 m (17′)510 mm (20″)18.1 kg (40 lb)785 × 405 mm (31″ × 16″)280 mm (11″)10 (45)55-90 kg (8.5-14 st)127 kg (280 lb)
Petrel Stitch-and-Glue5.2 m (17′)510 mm (20″)18.1 kg (40 lb)785 × 405 mm (31″ × 16″)255 mm (10″)10 (45)55-90 kg (8.5-14 st)127 kg (280 lb)
Petrel Play Stitch-and-Glue4.27 m (14′)585 mm (23″)18.1 kg (40 lb)785 × 405 mm (31″ × 16″)305 mm (12″)11½ (47)45-100 kg (7-15.5 st)118 kg (260 lb)
Sea Island Sport4.72 m (15′ 6″)685 mm (27″)22 kg (48 lb)45-125 kg (7-19½ st)
Shearwater 144.42 m (14′ 6″)585 mm (23″)17.7 kg (39 lb)787 × 419 mm (31″ × 16½″)255 mm (10″)9 (43⅓)45-68 kg (7-11 st)90 kg (200 lb)
Shearwater 164.88 m (16′ 2″)585 mm (23″)19 kg (42 lb)787 × 419 mm (31″ × 16½″)255 mm (10″)9 (43⅓)54-86 kg (8½-13½ st)109 kg (240 lb)
Shearwater 175.18 m (17′)565 mm (22¼″)20 kg (44 lb)787 × 415 mm (31″ × 16⅜″)255 mm (10″)11½ (46⅔)68-100 kg (11-16 st)120 kg (270 lb)
Shearwater Sport4.42 m (14′ 6″)635 mm (25″)22 kg (48 lb)865 × 430 mm (34″ × 17″)330 mm (13″)11 (46)45-100 kg (7-16 st)135 kg (300 lb)
Sectional Shearwater Sport4.42 m (14′ 6″)635 mm (25″)22 kg (48 lb)865 × 430 mm (34″ × 17″)330 mm (13″)11 (46)45-100 kg (7-16 st)135 kg (300 lb)
Shearwater Double5.64 m (18′ 6″)685 mm (27″)31 kg (68 lb)865 × 457 mm (34″ × 18″)355 mm (14″)13 (48)135-230 kg (21-36 st)260 kg (575 lb)
Cedar Strip Decked Shearwater 144.42 m (14′ 6″)585 mm (23″)17.7 kg (39 lb)787 × 419 mm (31″ × 16½″)255 mm (10″)9 (43⅓)45-68 kg (7-11 st)90 kg (200 lb)
Cedar Strip Decked Shearwater 164.88 m (16′ 2″)585 mm (23″)19 kg (42 lb)787 × 419 mm (31″ × 16½″)255 mm (10″)9 (43⅓)54-86 kg (8½-13½ st)109 kg (240 lb)
Cedar Strip Decked Shearwater 175.18 m (17′)565 mm (22¼″)20 kg (44 lb)787 × 415 mm (31″ × 16⅜″)255 mm (10″)11½ (46⅔)68-100 kg (11-16 st)120 kg (270 lb)
Cedar Strip Decked Shearwater Sport4.42 m (14′ 6″)635 mm (25″)18.5 kg (41 lb)865 × 430 mm (34″ × 17″)330 mm (13″)11 (46)45-100 kg (7-16 st)135 kg (300 lb)
Sport Tandem6.6 m (21′ 8″)560 mm (22″)29 kg (65 lb)787 × 432 mm (31″ × 17″)300 mm (12″)12½ (47)113-182 kg (17-28½ st)216 kg (475 lb)
Wood Duck 103 m (10′)760 mm (30″)16.3 kg (36 lb)38″ × 20″11 (46)91 kg (14 st)113 kg (250 lb)
Wood Duck 123.6 m (12′)760 mm (30″)18 kg (40 lb)38″ × 20″13 (48)113 kg (18 st)159 kg (350 lb)
Wood Duck 144.2 m (13′ 9″)760 mm (30″)23 kg (52 lb)49.5″ × 21″15 (51)159 kg (25 st)182 kg (400 lb)
Cedar Strip Decked Wood Duck 103 m (10′)760 mm (30″)16.3 kg (36 lb)38″ × 20″11 (46)91 kg (14 st)113 kg (250 lb)
Cedar Strip Decked Wood Duck 123.6 m (12′)760 mm (30″)18 kg (40 lb)38″ × 20″13 (48)113 kg (18 st)159 kg (350 lb)
Cedar Strip Decked Wood Duck 144.2 m (13′9″)760 mm (30″)23.5 kg (52 lb)49½″ × 21″15 (52)160 kg (25 st)180 kg (400 lb)
Wood Duckling2.4 m (8′)610 mm (24″)10 kg (22 lb)30″ × 20.5″45 kg (7 st)45 kg (100 lb)
Wood Duck Double4.3 m (14′)760 mm (30″)27 kg (60 lb)84.5″ × 20.5″182 kg (28 st)182 kg (400 lb)
Yukon Racing Sea Kayak5.4 m (17′9″)550 mm (21¾″)16.1 kg (35.5 lb)