I'd almost rule out a kayak, I couldn't sit like that if I had to and then to try and stand from a position like in a kayak, wouldn't happen. That's part of the issue I have with canoe. I can stand and fish in the canoe and get into a standing position but its not good. My old bones need stretching through the day and with the canoe it usually means tying up and getting out. I could see that a freighter canoe could make it a little easier. That Hyde looks interesting.
I carry generally my camping gear and even with the canoe I use a trailer and hardly ever unload it when I get home. I could use my canoe trailer for a not too heavy boat. 200# not a problem.
Ive thought about the pontoon idea but it comes back to the gear issue and Im not going to be carrying stuff back and forth which is what prompted the trailer for the canoe. Not sure if they would accomdate the gear.
I'm not old and feable yet but starting to feel that way sometimes a little more than I used to. So I am trying to visualize getting it and the gear to the water unloading and being on the water with the least amount of work.
I do like to row and I'm sure with a bottom like on a drift boat it does take some getting used to. I used to row my uncles old wooden rowboat (weighed about a ton) all over the lake when I was a kid. Had the biggest biceps you ever saw on a kid and only weighed about 90 lbs.
Once on the water I want to stand and sit, move about and keep the circulation going without teetering and having the feeling I amount to test my PFD (actually I have tested it
I'll check out (all) the links and really do appreciate and enjoy reading your feed back. Great pictures. I did see the powered Kayak on the water when I was wading the Caney a couple weeks ago. Saw it coming upstream and it was moving right along. No fishing going on and I didn't see much room. Wasn't sure at first what the heck it was! I tried to take his picture but when I pulled out my camera the battery door opened and I heard the 4 batteries plunk into the water.