My two cents, I am 49, 5'6" and 165lbs and not in shape. I have a 2015 Hobie PA14 I purchased 9/14 I truly enjoy. Is it heavy? Yes, loaded out mine is probably 185lbs. Is it a pain to load and unload? Yes. Is it a pain to take up and down the beach? Yes. does it fish well? Yes. Does it track well? Yes, better then any other kayak I have used, especially with the additional 2 ft of length and the new skeg. Is it comfortable? Yes, I have spent 10 hours in her, non stop peddling basically without issue. The great thing is you have the ability to adjust your seating position allowing you to target different muscle groups when your legs get tired. Is the peddle motion good? Yes, supposedly more comfortable than bicycling for it is a more natural stride comparable to walking. Is it stable? Yes, very very stable. Does it have storage? Yes, more than most. Is it meant for big surf? Heck no! It is a yacht! Is it some of the most fun I have ever had fishing? Hell Yes! Would I would recommend the Hobie PA14 to anyone who wanted to fish the Gulf of Mexico for all species within reach of Kayak fishing and is not afraid about a 5 minute pull from the beach to the truck? Hell Yes, fantastic fishing machine! As for the propel if you are fishing docks and stuff inshore and need a reverse the propel has that ability, I personally just grab my hand paddle for reverse. Hope this helps.