I guess I'm the "anti-pontoon" crowd. I had one for six months and didn't like several things about it. Rowing was a big one; going from point 'a' to point 'b' and zigzagging all the way didn't thrill me. Going backwards all the time didn't do anything for me either. Not being able to stand and fish really bugged me. And although you get used to it and are able to minimize it, the line catching on every nut-bolt-oar-whatever got old pretty fast. And I simply wanted a boat that was able to do more than just fish. I did like its portability, maneuverability on the water and the option to use fins. I ended up with a Native Watercraft Ultimate 14.5 canoe/kayak. Take a look at Native Watercraft's website. These are certainly more than you're looking to spend, but it adds something else to think about before you make a final decision. Having said that, I've plenty of fishing buddies that happily use their 'toons and have been for years. It just wasn't for me.