I've got a Pongo and find it very suitable...If you care to give it a try, let me know and we can meet up at the cauzzzway and you can take it for a spin.
The mobility factor...being able to carry it to the beach with no set up is worth considering.
I'm sure John will have some insight that will help you make an informed choice...I certainly cannot stand up in the Pongo...at least not for long!
One thing, to be sure, the YAK certainly does open up some interesting possibilities!
Don't skimp on a cheap paddle...which ever boat you get, you will be very intimate and familiar with the paddle...do it right the first time!
I second Solo's advice on the paddle. Consider it your engine, get the best you can. Carbon fiber all the way if you can swing it, you'll notice the difference after a couple of hours of paddling. Some paddles have an oval shaped handle that makes a big difference if you have it set up for feathering. I don't know where your located but Billington Sea kayak here in Plymouth was very very helpful in selection and basic instruction.
Kids gave me money for fathers day to be used specifically for a kayak. Based on all I've heard, the fact that Jim W. can fit in one, and colleage Gordon H's endorsement, I'm leaning hard toward the Pungo. I'll probably try out a few this weekend and buy. I'll fool around with it in the Bass River, get Gordon to show me the ropes, then I'll be looking for Morin or Grey to show me around the bathtub and points south.
Shad.... I love it.. very stable and it tracks well.. It has two storage bins and it's great to stand on ..in calm water... Has not flipped me over except when I reached for my anchor rope up front and it tiped enough to force me over the side.. but that was my failure to think it though. I usually sit up on the deck with my feet in the cockpit to fish and will only sit in the pit on long paddles.. You have to put the pontoons on and off each time but that's no big deal and it weighs about 50 pounds. I slip it on top of my SUV. I was out with Solo on his pungo and I saw no difference in speed etc. Talk to Ken Glidden at goose Hummock.. a nice guy. For some reason the pontoons don't seem that popular... but you should try it out.
MIT is working on a lab rat powered stern drive...there is a hampster overdrive turbine fly wheel that boosts the rodent power by 35%...(as long as you keep them properly fed and watered).
Whatever you decide...test and compare before buy...and don't be put off by the sticker shock of the high end paddles. In the long run, you will be pleased and won't have to upgrade later when you see the light.
I have the Necky Santa Cruz which is a great boat. More like a true ocean kayak than the Pungo when it gets a little rought out there you want a boat that will take it. I talked to sea kayakers before I bought my boat. Bananas in Wareham is a good place to buy kayaks they have very low prices. Goose Hummock dose not carry the Tribalannce anymore.
Juro you got to get a yak . John when I'm ready I will contact you and we can have a mini yak clave.
Shad... If FishHawk is right you should call Glidden there because when I stopped by this past weekend they did have some in inventory... may be able to get a great deal and ask him why they don't carry them... I bet it is because people don't like the pontoon concept for just yaking and they may feel it's a pain to put together... but for fishing I think it's perfect.