I have had mine for years and just about everything here I have seen is correct. It is tough to paddle in the wind and waves. But I'm 260# man and 40years old and can get it through 3 and 4 ft breakers at the beach. However when on a lake or big reservoir I strap on a 2.5 hp motor. Once I get to my fishing areas I break out the paddle.
Many rigging options available for this kayak. Mine has 5 rod holders and a fish finder mounted. Tracking and turning are both good. If you like to fish big lakes and are a big man like myself.. this is the kayak 4 u. Oh and I have never swamped it even in the surf! Unbelievably stable I sit and fly fish from the deck.Unrivaled for stability the Kiwi Angler will not tip over period. Tracks almost as well as a touring kayak and, with a good performance paddle, will move as quickly as well. Comfortable fit for paddlers large and small, the Angler provides a feeling of security that allows you to utilize performance paddles to their maximum.
Stop or turn on a dime in fresh water or ride the swells in saltwater where this hybrid really shines. Initially rigged as a fishing kayak, there are plenty of options to optimize the Angler for whatever drives you. Plenty of room for gear in the rear and comfortable seating. I have found this kayak to be a great touring kayak with only a few rigging modifications.
The Angler gets my unqualified and enthusiastic two-thumbs up!I have been using this kayak (now called the Angler) for about a month. I am a beginner and stability in a sit-on-top kayak were my primary concerns, not fishing. This kayak is unbelievably stable, but the price you pay is IT IS SLOWWWWW. When I've gone out with my yak friends they can paddle for 3-4 strokes and then glide for 15-30 seconds, while I must paddle constantly to just barely keep up. The drag of the double pontoons is VERY high. The other negative is that in chop the waves slap up against the underside of the hull between the pontoons and just stop forward motion dead in its tracks. And it is a noisy boat as it moves through the water. I have also found that the paddle, while good, is not great and also does not work as efficiently as my fellow yakers paddles.
I still give this kayak an 8, as that stability is SO impressive, and if you are a naturalist like me and just want to bird and nature watch on narrow creeks and streams where speed is not an issue this kayak should definitely be at the top of your list.