I live near the Columbia and would like to start hunting it more. I currently have a 13' Ocean Kayak "Ambush". This is a very stable boat, with 44" width and is rated to handle up to 800 lbs. I understand the river can get real nasty and I am not looking to go out or cross the entire river during rough weather. However, there are small islands and channels on both the OR and WA sides that I believe can be reached safely in small boat.
I am looking for some folks with experiences on larger "moving" bodies of water, this could include tidal areas as well, Ilwaco, Astoria, Willapa, etc.
Lastly, the the boat is set up for transom mounted motor as well. I was looking at Minn Kotas and outbards 2.5hp-10hp, but dont want to be left wanting more if I choose the 30 lbs. Minn Kota over a 10 hp. I also need to consider the pros and cons of each set up. wieght vs. power, etc.
Thanks for reading!