A word on cleats. There are now some decient hideaway cleats on the market that are invisable when not needed ( read most of teh time). I'm also a big fan of cam cleats ( as used on sailboats for rigging lines). These are less prown to fouling and have the added benifit of allowing you to tie off /untie just by slipping the line inbetween the cam.
econd teh vote on teh SOS too. They get used when the others are under the seat ( with the snake!)
Had a friend with a Lund 14 Fisherman that got used in the salt well over 100 times in 3-4 years. Seemed to hold up well. P.s. Don't give up on the waders yet. They are great for launching.