The boat is fast and stable, carries a big load, handles rough water well and looks awesome too. Nearly everyone who sees it stops to ask about it and compliment me on it's looks. It's comfortable to fish in or just bird watch. I can make good time crossing big water even with a load. It doesn't have a lot of rocker so turning is easier with a bit of lean. It has tumblehome sides making it easier to paddle with a single paddle. I'm able to get a 110L SeaLine pack in the back and a small barrel and small backpack in the front plus my camera bag and spare paddle. Boat is under 40lbs and doesn't feel dainty at all. Everyone I've let paddle it loves the speed and the solidness of the boat. Highly recommend to anyone looking for a boat for lake trips.