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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:11 am 
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I am looking for a folding kayak that can handle a 250lb paddler. Will a Yukon support my weight?

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:39 am 
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In the Folbot add I have ,Folbot say Max, Payload 300lb. So you are close to the limit. If you are able to try before you buy then that's the way to go.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:14 am 
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Thanks for looking it up. I will ask to see if I can test it out.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:06 am 
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I agree with John, sit in the boat on the water with an observer other than the seller. I believe the boat can easily handle the weight. Weight distribution would be the issue.

I weigh 190#. The stern of my Yukon sits a bit low. I like to stow gear behind the seat, which makes it ride a bit lower yet.

In order to drain the boat Folbot left an ~1"x1" gap between the deck and hull, under the gudgeon. When my stern submerged in waves (which occurs regularly when sailing in following seas), the boat would take on water. The same gap exists at the bow, yet my sailing Folbots take on little water when the bow submerges. Submerging the bow occurs often when sailing in strong wind and waves.

You may never sail so regular submerging may not be an issue. Good to know about the gap, though. I sealed my stern gap with Tear-aid tape and Aquaseal.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:02 am 
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That is the advice that I was looking for. Thanks. You now I never really thought about my weight when I got my Pakboats swift kayak. when I paddle that one I notice it. I think I will sell the swift and just look for a 2 seater. I will have the room for gear as well as not worry about my weight sinking it while in the middle of the Potomac River.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:00 am 
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My wife and I own several modern Folbot two-seaters, the Greenland II. We only use them as solo expedition boats with Balogh sail rigs. We paddle them when we must, on days of no wind or headwind combined with strong opposing tidal current. We find Folbots generally to be in a good place in the trade-off between weight and durability. We find the GII to be a stable, seaworthy craft but not a speedy one. Paddling solo requires some effort and is best done with a rudder if breezy. Both the Yukon and GII benefit from a chunk of 3" closed-end foam under the seat for improved ergonomics.

I would not give up on the Yukon until you have had a chance to paddle it. I have paddled mine in 20 knots with waves and she was fine. The seat position can be adjusted to shift weight forward.

Note: If you are looking at a Yukon in Virginia, PM me for details on one I looked at and believe is still for sale

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2019 4:08 pm 
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I paddled my Yukon when I was a tubby 270 (I’m 218 now). Plenty of flotation.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:15 pm 
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That is good to hear, now for the hard part finding one for sale. The search begins

Thanks guys

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:04 pm 
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don't worry about your weight in the boat, the Yukon will handle it well.
things can happen tho, I once let a 250 lb friend use my Yukon. He had a great paddle, however as he was getting out he lost his footing and balance and his whole 250 lbs came down on the kayak (now grounded) and bent the side longirons 6" out of place.
I was able to rebend it back.
Just something to think about.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2019 3:08 pm 
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My dog (20 lbs) and I (248 lbs) in my Yukon.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2019 2:07 pm 
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Thanks for the picture, go figure, I make my mind up on buying one and there are none to be found.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:49 am 
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I suggest you keep watching this forum, craigslist and ebay. You'll find one.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:44 pm 
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PM me, I know a one owner, with complete sailing rig in your area.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:53 am 
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Pm sent, Thanks you for contacting me

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