I'm looking seriously into the purchase of a fishing kayak, specifically the Ride 135. I currently own a 9 foot pontoon boat that I use on lakes for fly fishing and I was thinking that the kayak would be a useful addition to my fleet. I love the stability of the pontoon boat, but it can be a bit of a pain to row long distances and setup at the lake can be time consuming. It's also rather awkward to pack any distance because of it's shape and lack of a "comfortable" balance (it's about 70 pounds), but it can be done.
Some questions I have about the Ride 135:
- How stable are they? Are they easy to tip? Do they feel like a traditional canoe on the water or are they much more solid? Unfortunately, I wouldn't be able to do any on water trials where I live so I'd be buying "blind". I've read great things about the stabilty of this boat, but I'm not really sure what to expect.
- How fast can one reasonably expect to row a kayak like this with moderate exertion and calm water? I know it's probably not as fast as some kayak's out there, but I would assume that it would be MUCH faster than rowing a pontoon boat and that you could cover allot more water more effectively than in a pontoon boat.
- How suitable would the 135 be for use in rivers with mostly class 1 water and maybe the odd bit of class 2? Do they draw allot of water and can you get sufficient speed to adequately paddle upstream without much issue? Also, are they relatively responsive? One of the main reasons I'm considering the kayak is so that I can explore rivers more easily than simply walking and wading with the fly rod. The pontoon would be okay for drifting, but going upstream wouldn't really be possible.
- Overall, do you think the Ride 135 would be a good "first kayak" for an angler? Using it as a fishing craft would be my number one priority and I'd want something stable, reasonably swift and durable.
Thanks in advance for any assistance you could provide me!