Welcome from Mobile! I graduated from Auburn about 4 years ago, I sure miss that place!
Looks like you found a super nice skiff! We used to get on Google Earth and find ponds to go explore while in school up there to try and catch a bass. If your an Auburn local than I'm sure you already know where they are!
Haul that skiff with you when you head south and it can be used in the early mornings when its nice and calm around Dog river, Fowl river, the Orange Beach/ Perdido back bays (inshore), the Mobile delta and more. Leaving early in the morning will be your best bet for avoiding the rough water down here.