The 5.3 Meter is one of the finest tripping canoes available. It can carry a large load across open water or down a whitewater river. Its flared bow sheds excess water. A sliding bow seat to adjust the trim is standard.
In the late 70's (1900's for you yununs) I purchased a Lincoln canoe that was about 18' long. It was fiberglass with a birchbark gelcoat. It also was built with a 3/4 inch keel for better tracking on open water. It weighed approximately 84 lbs with cane wicker seats. Having owned it for more than 30 years, I cannot tell you the nautical miles it covered. Sometimes up to a week floating down the Neuse river carrying supplies for two. (google it). I eventually gave it to a young man I worked with so he could make his own memories with his children. How things change...I paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $350 if my memory is half of what it once was. I got my money's worth and then some.
On the basis of performance, I'd give a 9, but because of the poor attention to detail in finish I lower the score to a 7. Maybe the vacuum bagging wrinkles and blisters don't hurt anything, but the twist in the gunwales is just unacceptable for a canoe in this price range. I returned mine to the dealer.