I took the new Water Master to Serene Lake today never having used a tube or kick boat before. The lake is less than two miles from our house, which is comforting when you don't yet have an established packing routine. Didn't get skunked on the maiden voyage, so we are off to a good start anyway. Pros: remembered everything boat set-up and performed well, the LVM and K-200 pumps are champs caught some fish, including a 12" rainbow that was a non-stop jumper (must have gone airborne 20 times) on the water from 8:30 until 2:30 my legs don't ache, figured I might get leg cramps or something my back does not feel fatigued, the seating position works well for me seat and back shelf storage is high and dry for lake fishing, more so than I anticipated I did not take an additional seat pad, and so far one does not seem necessary Cons: finning was not as productive, propulsion-wise, as I expected (however I lack experience); into the breeze = oars Comical: me in fins, both going in and out, using the concrete block boat ramp This rookie is open to comments and questions. Always looking to learn something the easy way - thru advice, rather than taking on the school of hard knocks.