Submitted: 06-06-2003 by Bonneville
The new design Pungo is sleek and definitely surpasses its predecessor in appearance. The Phase 3 seat is the real selling point. You can adjust the back's height and angle, as well as the slope of the seat. There's some room behind the seat for items you want easy access to. The grab loops are beefy and comfortable, and the cockpit is cavernous. It's a snap to get in and out, but it's a little wide for my taste. I'd prefer a slightly narrower opening to gain some knee lock for leans, even though I know it's not supposed to be a slalom boat. The hatch is a nice size and the bulkhead doesn't appear to leak. The forward bungy (a single strand) has limited use. The plastic seems sturdy, without making the boat heavy. The Pungo seems to be designed for tracking, which it does well. Obviously, you give up some turning agility. It feels quick for a 12' boat. It's very stable, so you should feel free to fish, birdwatch or whatever. A great boat for beginners as well as those who just like a user-friendly platform.