The boat has a low profile, and handles well in wind, and is surprisingly fast for its width. For 2008, Emotion has gone to the smaller cockpit hatch to reduce the chance of taking on water with the tighter tolerances. I have been able to fight and land 30 inch fish in fairly rough open water with ease.
Emotion will soon be coming out with the new Grand Slam, which will have many of the "bells and whistles", while the Fisherman is more of an ATV kayak, without the flashiness. It's a great fishing kayak, especially for the price.
I've used this boat since early July now and have had it on calm waters, slow rivers and 5-6 foot swells on Lake Huron and 4 footers on Lake Nipissing. Just getting her through the breakers was un-nerving let alone getting her back in. Was taking in a fair amount of water in rough water but ordered some plugs for the flush mount rod holders from TopKayaker and that seems to stem the flo.
This boat has taken all I have given it and has happily taken it all, it is a pleasure to fish from, very stable sitting with my legs over the sides fishing, tracks well, as fast as I need it, even boots along fine with my wife's "borrowed" golf umbrella for a makeshift sail. I've even stood up in it and tried casting.
I've added lots of deck loops, an anchor trolley, permanent fishfinder, now looking around at lighting, thigh straps and dry wear. A great kayak, I'm soooo glad I found this for under $1000.00 bucks down around Kingston, Ontario. Has tonnes of storage as well.