Just built an MC 13 with my son and now I need a kayak as well. I'm a big guy...6'5" and 240 lbs. Will be kayaking mostly smooth waters of midwest rivers and lakes. Was looking at a Ches. 17 but I'm concerned that I can't bend my knees up....not sure I can sit straight legged for long periods.
MY QUESTION...I'm strongly thinking a MC 16.5. I can put in 1 seat, slide it forward a bit for one man operation, but keep it adjustable so I can move it back and throw in a second for 2 man operation. Looks like a sizeable craft, ie. overall weight and beam width...but I like the ability to be able to move a bit and pull my knees up while operating it.
Am I crazy to go with this boat for mostly 1 man operation? I like the payload but wondering if it's just to big and bulky for 1 man.