I have a fuse too. Its great for easy river running, but I wish I had something with more volume for punching through holes. Its a river runner, but acts like a playboat alot of the time. Great for playing...not so great for running river where I should have a creekboat.
But its a great boat for starting out.
You should take a class right away, demo some boats from the place you take the class from and see what works best for you.