ChkRazr So I guess I have to ask about how much do weight in at ? And do you feel that the water in the drive well would hinder the boats performance ? Is the kayak running a little nose down ?
I'm 6'0" and 290 lbs. While I really don't have anything for the sake of comparison, I really don't think that the small puddle of water in the drive well hinders my kayak's performance. I know that I can still out-maneuver and go faster in my Outback than my kayaking buddies who all drive something other than Hobie kayaks. In fact, you should've heard my buddies razz me about the "hole in the bottom of my kayak"... until I quite literally peddled circles around 'em in the lake. I suppose I'd have to concede that my Outback probably runs a bit "nose down" than it would without the small water puddle, but as I said, I don't even notice the water puddle anymore. Likewise, I haven't yet tried to stand in my Outback (not sure I could tolerate the razzing my buddies would give me if I started doing the 7 basic ballet moves in my kayak before falling into 45º water).
I would've loved to have the Pro Angler 14' but transportation and storage considerations required me to settle for the Outback. I transport my Outback on top of my Ford Escape using Thule's "Hullavator" (slightly modified) which I highly recommend, and I store my kayak nose down in my apartment garage right next to that same Ford Escape, so everything's a pretty tight fit. I don't know that the PA14 would permit the same transportation/storage considerations. Frankly, I just missed my local Hobie dealer's "Demo Days" event-- I was out fishing!-- but I would've loved to give it a shot to see if my heroically proportioned body with bad knees could stand in a PA14.