The Sea Clipper is fast. It has a superb glide and distances are easily covered. The sliding bow seat makes trimming the canoe easy and can be done quickly to suit the weather conditions. I appreciate the tractor seats as they are very comfortable (no extra padding necessary).
The Sea Clipper is at its best in waves. It retains most of its glide and rides dry through a choppy lake. In fact, we always gain ground on the other canoes in our group when the wind comes up and there are a few whitecaps. The flare at the bow helps keep water out of the canoe. On the Bowron Lakes we faced a stiff headwind, whitecaps and gusting winds. Out of the five canoes in our group the Sea Clipper and an 18 foot Grumman were the only two boats not forced to shore. The light weight of kevlar and comfortable portage yoke on this canoe makes the portage trail most endurable.
Maneuverability is good for a canoe that is 18.5 feet long. There is enough rocker that turning is adequate. I paddle solo in this canoe often and it is extremely stable kneeling in the middle, and it leans well when paddled. The kevlar is warm to touch and silent in the water.
It does lack a little initial stability when paddled empty. However, the Sea Clipper seems at ease when paddled fast with a load. It makes for an exceptional wilderness canoe. I highly recommend it!