I am 6'1, 225lbs and the new owner of a pungo this season. I find that it handles well and is very stable. I have used it about 6 times so far this season, mostly in estuary water.. so no surf or heavy waves. I have fished witha 9wt flyrod and a spiining rod. I was surprised how well it tracks given the wide beam. The best advantage of the Pungo is the new wilderness sytems adjustable seat. i find the seat very comfortable. Good luck in your search!!