Thanks for the kind comments
I use the Berkley 'Professional Rod Holder', part number BRH on my boat as well as all the kayaks I fit-out for customers. At the moment I find the Swing is the one that currently suits me & my fishing requirements the best. It's also my best-seller by a big margin but that doesn't mean the others out there aren't any good.
I don't know what it is but I think the Swing is a really pretty design. In flying terms, if an aircraft looks good it usualy flys good too & I think the same applies to kayaks.
Yep, it sure is. I bought a 2-pack of cutting boards & cut 20mm wide strips off the larger one and screwed them to the smaller one to form the sides of a tray. That way any stinky bait juice doesn't get into the cockpit, I can cut bait safely, I can temporarily keep stuff in the tray & it's less likely to fall out and I can hang hard-bodied or soft plastic lures off the sides when they are not in use. It's super-handy !
Yes, its certainly possible. The Swing has a pretty good paddle speed compared to slower boats but it's not as fast as the longer, skinnier kayaks. It doesn't sit high on the water either so it's less likely to be affected by side-winds. Earlier this year I had a 3 mile paddle back home directly into 25kt winds with 1-1/2 foot high chop every 5 feet. Waves that broke at the bow were splashing over my head, trying to wash my hat off & at no time was I concerned I'd get dumped. It was a tough paddle but I made it back without being physically wrecked.