I haven't had much opportunity to get the PA to the coast (just once in a harbor). My usage is mainly on lakes and ponds. Not being familiar with BTB either, I'll jot down some observations.
I love the layout for fishing. Being able to lay the rods down out of the way gives complete range of casting without worrying about hitting / snagging / breaking one.
Tackle storage is great! Most of what I bring resides in the center hatch, out of the way but easy to reach.
I haven't permanently mounted anything yet and only desire a rod holder up front. It would be used to hold the rod while rigging mostly. I'm running a portable fish finder and simply set it on the floor for now.
Haven't done much paddling because the maneuverability is fantastic. With very little planning, I can get in and out of small coves quite easily. Most times out, I never touch a paddle. I do keep half a paddle with the T handle ready, just in case. I would imagine a push pole being the way to go on the flats if it's very shallow. Feathering the fins works quite well too.
Having a lot of free board, the wind can get pushy. However, spray from chop seems to have a hard time reaching you.
If I were planning an offshore trip covering many miles, I might opt to bring my Adventure...but that's me. For flats fishing, I would go with the PA, the layout is great for standing comfortably. I've done it on a slow moving river where covering a lot of ground without pedaling or paddling was possible. It's helpful when you can spot deeper pockets or structure without getting too close. You don't miss as many opportunities when you can see more....again, that's me.
The PA and Revo are very different animals. Try them both, while considering YOUR needs / wants.
BTW, Car topping a PA is easier than I thought it would be. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mewzoJOw ... re=channel