Have paddled rivers and lakes with 1999 Duck Hunter in Royalex for years . My experience is that it has handled well. Tracks well and is stable. I use for some recreational paddling , but primarily for Fishing/hunting . Has seen some rocky faster water and has shown to be tough and ok to manuver . Exposed to Michigan weather 24 / 7 seems pretty unaffected , Though some UV fade. Need to keep hardware tightened regularly . Web seating going strong. Had my teen son on bow with us paddling with some speed... two guys in a fishing boat came up to us and said that they didn't think a canoe could go that fast LOL i know that there are better paddlers and faster canoes, but this has been the best one I have ever paddled. It seems to be a versatile craft.