I'm considering building Vaclav's Storm SLT. I'm 5'7, 165 lbs, size 9 feet. In his technical specs, the "ideal weight" for this design is 140 lbs, max 165. I'm pretty sure that I can physically get into this boat, as far as foot room, cockpit height, etc, but I wonder what its like to use a kayak at max load? 165 is overweight for me (caused by medical treatments), and I plan to lose 5-10 pounds this summer. I plan to use the boat for short, recreational paddles, without much gear.