The aqua pod is a march boat, not an open water boat. The spray skirt should help but you'll have the same profile as a marshrat with that thing on it. Of the two, the fiberglass rat is a much better option than the pod for what you are describing. I have them both and they both have their strengths and weaknesses. The downside to the rat is it's higher profile. The same lip that keeps waves out hurts your ability to hide in open water. I sat in a UFO layout last year and looked back to where my rat was anchored up. I could clearly see it from a few hundred yards away at water level. I could not see the UFO from my rat.
If you want to open water hunt, you'll need a tender nearby or you'll want something more seaworthy than an aquapod. I've never seen a momarsh up close but from the pics, it's not what I'd like to be out in if it's choppy at all.
I hunted probably 10 times or more last year solo while sea duck hunting out of my fiberglass rat. I don't recommend it, if one thing goes wrong (and it can very quickly) you could easily make the news. A pfd may make it easier for the coast guard to find your body but your chances of out swimming a current and making it to shore in time are slim, even if you are a very strong swimmer. It's the cold that will kill.
Yes, I realize I'm being a hypocrite here
I've never seen a duck I was willing to die for, not even a fully mature old squaw. Be careful out there.
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