I bought this 'yak in the summer of '09 for salmon fishing on the waters of Puget Sound in Washington. After 2 seasons, I'm still extremely happy with the boat.
All the feature are laid out in the product description so I'll stick to an on the water review.
First and foremost, just as described, this boat is incredibly stable. I'm 6'2" and 180 lbs so not huge, but I can still stand up in the yak in 2 foot chop. You would have to REALLY try to flip this thing. Even fighting 5' Dogfish (sandsharks) the boat doesn't tip or rock.
After that are just the details. It's not going to win any races being close to 110 lbs fully loaded with fishing gear plus myself, and it takes some effort to get it moving but once it's moving, it's easy to maintain a 4mph pace in most currents. In still, flat calm lake water, 5mph is pretty easy to achieve. It glides surprisingly well for a such a big boat, tracks very nicely but is a bit slow to turn and the now needs a bit more upturn to ride up and over waves instead of through them spilling water over the bow, hatch and into the footwell.
The included Angler package is pretty nice, but you can do it cheaper yourself and customize it the way you want it. Nonetheless, It works well and the only modification I had to make was to but an 8" extension for the front rod holder.
The hatches seal well and with the exception of the far front one, are well placed. The front hatch could be another 3 or 4 inches back making it easier to access while on the water. The front hatch has enough room to store the NRS C-Tug that I use to transport it to and from the vehicle which is a real blessing. The unusual hull shape makes the C-Tug about the only one you can use with it.
The rudder package is well worth it for an angler, especially one that does any trolling with a heavy, high drag lure hanging out one side. It offer great control thought deployment takes a little more effort than one would think it should. The rudder is powdercoated with makes it pretty durable when you forget to stow it before you beach. The pedals could use another 2 inches or so of adjustment to accommodate us long legged folks but it's still pretty comfy for a 4 hour trip.
The polyethylene is thick and tough which makes for great stability and durability but adds to the weight. The bare boat still weighs in at around 80 lbs when I have to load it on top of a Jeep Grand Cherokee which takes some strength and effort. Those of slight build and your average lady will probably not be able to load it by themselves on taller vehicles. It's not too bad if you're in good shape and don't mind a bit of effort to load and unload though. It's certainly not unmanageable.
The track system that WS offer on the Tarpon series would be AWESOME on this boat. So would the side net storage areas.
The seat is so-so. It will make you butt go to sleep after 3 or 4 hours and the back rest is nicely adjustable but doesn't mesh well with my chosen PFD.
The Ride is a pretty dry and the only scupper holes you really need are the ones at your feet. The rest of them get plugged. If you're on a nice calm lake, plug them all. You'll appreciate the dry cockpit.
This boat has way more features than it lacks but it could use a little refining. As a fishing platform, I don't think it would be very easy to find another boat that is more capable and at home on the water. I trust this boat out in the brine with no qualms. I think you could use it catch as big a fish as you want.
A minor nit is the cupholder could be a little bigger to accommodate a Gatoraide bottle or the like and the tackle bod cutout would be better positioned in front of the 5" day hatch instead of behind the paddler.
All in all, this boat is a great deal, great performer, and great fishing boat.
Austin Kayak was first rate all the way with the purchase too. It arrived early and in great shape. I definitely recommend them to someone looking for a hard to find 'yak, far away from Austin.
If you fish and utility and stability are more important than speed, this is the boat for you.