Really loving my new 2012 Ride 135 completely stable and I was even able to stand up in it without a problem. I fish mostly back water and am not concerned about speed or agility but this boat does a good job as far as I am concerned. I have seen some comments regarding this boat being slow or difficult to turn but give me stability and I will make a few extra strokes to do a 360. I have a rudder installed which does help but I do think maybe a rudder with a larger surface area would make it even more responsive.
I am testing a seat mod where I have mounted a folding fishing boat seat mounted on plywood that fits in the same track as the original seat. I need to get my hips up a bit to make it comfortable as I have bad hips. It has raised me up a couple of inches and it is mounted to a swivel which makes it a breeze to get into the crate or the bait tank. I used a kitty litter bucket with a easy opening lid, a pump and spray bar from a cooler conversion kit and have no issue keeping bait alive all day. The majority of the time I use a standard aerator box running on D cells and use the pump to switch out and cool off the water in the tank. I hooked the pump up to a 6 volt dry cell to slow down the spray as the 12 volt was way too much for the small tank.
David, thanks for sharing the seat mod. I duplicated your installation with the addition of indoor outdoor carpet on the wood. I can't wait to try it out. It will be so easy to swing around to access my cooler.
Where is the transducer mounted that accompanies your fish finder? What model is the fish finder, does it do a good job for you?
Love the raised swivel seat.
Looks like it would help a bit with sight fishing when heavy water and wind makes it more difficult to stand. Sometimes it's just those extra couple of inches that help.
If enough anglers were to give this a bit of consideration, I would think it may persuade the design and development guys at WS to consider a hi/lo type of seat for their angler series. May be difficult though as the seat swivel is one of the big benefits - Kudos my man, like your Ride.
What length paddle are you now using and have you had to consider a longer paddle, with the raised seat?