Def wear a PFD... I have to disagree with clarko... I owned a fishcat and I didn't like it because I sat so high that my fins splashed out of the water. I also didn't like the seat. I had a togiak first and then got the fishcat... sold the fishcat and went back to the togiak. I liked the way I sat in the water...being a bit lower, I could cover more water easier and not make noise doing it. Fighting the wind was easier too. This was just my preference, I am sure others prefer sitting high for casting purposes. I have a long ass torso, so it was never a problem. I also liked how the adjustment for the back support worked.