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I bought the 12' Core model which has a full deck pad coverage and makes for a quiet surface for fishing especially when dropping a lure down near the bow. The tracking is solid and even gets better after adding the side bite fins. The speed is decent for a 32" wide board and handles chop and small swells easily with only minor hull slap. It also provides a little better stability than some of the other Touring/Fishing boards I have used. Pros: Lots of user versatility and options. Holds value over time. Cons: Pricey
I bought one of the Performer 11 SUP's lightly used and gave it the float test. The board is definitely responsive and tracked well when standing in the "sweet spot" (center). I was able to paddle into a head wind without much drag and it stayed straight when drift fishing down along a mangrove bank. The multi purpose carry handle is great and has 2 D-rings for attaching other items to the deck. The board performed best when used at the maximum inflation rating (15 PSI).
Pros: Very light Inflates quickly with a double action pump Wide deck area Maneuvers easily 6 tie downs in front and 2 in the center paddles great in the shallows with the 3 smaller fins
Cons: Fins may warp (see tip below) but do not seem to affect performance much Only one D-ring in the back/tail section
Tip: To straighten fins after unpacking, I recommend warming in the sun or use a hair dryer on low setting, then bend/massage to the proper shape. Use a cool rag or freeze pack to help stiffen fast and hold shape.
The ride is very stable and secure with enough cockpit space to stand up if needed. I use scupper plugs on all my yaks unless taking them into the surf, so water leakage was not a problem. You can transport this craft pretty easy with it only weighing around 57lbs which is on the low end for a 12' yak. I recommend this kayak for fishing or a stable boat for family use.
The Pompano comes with a anchor trolley and two flush mount rod holders which are used frequently when fishing. I also like the bow rigging lines which can be used to park your paddle by slipping underneath.
The slightly up-swept bow and medium width make this is a great versatile kayak for both fishing, touring, and paddling through chop/surf.