I bought this manta Ray 14.5 a year ago and I love it. The thing I love most about it is it rides high in the water so you stand a real good chance of staying dry. I weigh 280 and still have 4-5" above the water that beats 3" on my old caster 12.5. It has plenty of space and setting it up for fishing was easy. I didn't spend the 30 or 40 dollars for the flat pieces to mount rodholders I just went to Walmart and bought a small ABS cutting board. I did find that the paddle holder had trouble holding the paddle with the drip shields. A fishfinder makes it even better.