We use four of the 10 foot Outcast pontoon boats for spawning surveys and radio telemetry in NE Oregon on small to medium rivers and larger streams. We use them primarily from October through December for fall Chinook and coho spawning surveys. Steelhead surveys run from February through May. They could easily be used for creel surveys. Two people in two pontoon boats have much better coverage that two people in one drift boat. Outcast pontoon boats are noticeably tough. The pontoon material is almost overbuilt. That is why we chose them. They are robust, stable and easy to use. They are not as fast as a canoe, but much more stable. They are much more forgiving than a drift boat for those new to drifting rivers provided you start with class I water. In class III water they are obviously not as dry as a drift boat, but not an issue with waders. . They are relatively easy to drag over most deadfalls. They are light enough for most people to put on their shoulders for portaging around irrigation dams or just getting to and from the river where there is no ramp. A little padding on the shoulders makes portaging pleasant. I think the standard oars are too short by at least a foot, but the other guys like them. For comparison, I like 10 foot oars for a 16 foot drift boat (if counter balanced). Consider getting longer oars for the pontoon boats. The platform on the back is great. We bolted on lightweight freight totes for storing gear. We don’t need anchors for our use, but fishermen would probably like them. Ours are rated for 500 pounds and can safely and easily carry that much weight. Our Outcasts have held up very well to our daily use since 2012. We put up to four mostly inflated in the back of a full size pickup, but two is easier. We've also hauled them under a pickup canopy without too much take-down and set-up time. Be sure to keep an eye on the air pressure when you beach them and as the day gets warmer. I love the quality valves. They are super easy to use and it only takes a second to dump some air as the day heats up.