Great idea Poddy!
Tough choice though...
The Espri is cheap and cheerful, but suffers from equipment mounting challenges.
The prowler Elite holds a lot of promise, but seems to have a few niggling first-run issues. The venerable P15 is sadly out of production, so I'll tentatively drop it off my list of possibilities.
The new predator is a mean machine, particularly for the price.
The swing continues to be a spectacularly versatile platform..
I don't know enough about the WS boats (like the tarpons) to really consider them..
And HairyMick's and Flump's beasties would be in the running I reckon, if they weren't single-run secret fish-seeking weapons.
Hmm.. no matter what other options I come up with, I keep coming back to the Adventure. It's hideously expensive in comparison to some yaks, a little unwieldy on land, but with the hull redesign to better suit paddlers as well as peddlers, coupled with the storage options and accessories, it makes a pretty versatile yak. The only significant complaints I've heard from owners so far was about the hobie water bottle!
For me, I reckon the swing comes in a close second, with the predator hitting the budget sweetspot. I'm tempted to swap the adventure top-spot for the Revolution, but need a bit more info on that beastie.
So for me: Hobie Adventure.