I took the plunge on Friday and bought a used Hyde Aluminum High Side. My main targets will be the Kenai, and the Kasilof. I have never rowed a drift boat before. I have rafted some, as well as rowed a 10' pontoon. I have all the life jackets I am going to need, and plan on buying a spare oar, as well as a throw bag, flares, and a first-aid kit. I will try to make my first few trips with someone that has floated the Kenai before.
Is there anything I am overlooking?
Are there any suggestions to make the maiden voyage a bit easier?