I agree with all the above comments... And will add that a lot of companies don't put as much thought (or too much depending on which) into their designs. Lots of boats out there are not fiberglass... Which makes for very difficult or shoddy repair jobs when needed. Aquapod and Marsh Rats do have a rotomolded version for cost savings, but the benefits of fiberglass out way the cost by far in my opinion. Lots of other hybrid boats track just as well, hide just as well, cost the same, etc. But the Aquapod is by far the lightest option. I can easily pack my 10ft pod over 200yds. Easily put it up on the roof rack of my Tonka truck. Easily hoist it to the ceiling of my garage with minimal equipment, easily drag it across a mud flat when tide leaves me high and dry. This all makes my life a lot easier and simpler. Also, the carrying capacity of both let me bring as much gear as I need, dog, and not worry. I have seen 14' ft hybrids that weigh close to 200lbs with the same capacity as a 10ft pod. IMO, as soon as you need two people to move the boat, it has significantly lost value.
I own a Rat and a Pod. I like each for different reasons:
The pod is lighter, carries weight (in motion) better, and has a better shape for open water layout hunting.
The Rat is far easier to accessorize (due to the 1 inch lip around the edge, thicker top hull, shape of the built in spray skirt, and the squared off bow and stern), has a wider cockpit and more interior space (barely), is easier to stabilize on the roof rack (due to the shorter keel and the runners).
You really can't go wrong with either boat. And as long as you have even minor skill in handy work, each will last you forever due to fiberglass being so easy to repair. Paint, epoxy, weather-proofing, silicon, Bondo, Plasic Weld, lock-tite, gorilla glue... You name it and it will adhere and/or bond to fiberglass. You can motor, paddle, pole, or tow them. You can put a tarp/cover on the on top of the car and they become a cargo carrier, I store gear in mine when it's up in the garage. If you have an enclosed blind one one, an outdoor heater will roast you in it.
Attbar and Mallard marine should send me a check for that.....
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