Despite its diminutive size, the Tupelo has tremendous secondary stability. You will ship water in over the gunnels before tipping. When swamped however it's nearly impossible to shakeout and reenter. I've glued those swimming noodles in the bow and stern and have secured an inner tube behind the thwart to function as an air bag. I've done this because I have enjoyed this boat in the Atlantic ocean and busting up ice as the lake freezes in early winter. My only complaint is that they didn't design he boat with another couple inches of depth. It's just too shallow to get really crazy with.