Great boat for experienced, intermediate or beginner. I liked the boat so much I bought a second one.. I have used on still to quick rivers, ocean inlets, bays and rivers. I even had it out in the open ocean (on a very calm day). Tracks very well without a rudder, Pleanty of cockpit room for supplies/ drybags and asoare paddle. Sealed compartment allows storage of small cooler and more supplies that need to stay dry.. seat is pretty comfortable for 3-4 hour adventures, longer than that I have additional pad that helps extend time on the water without your butt going numb.. :-) Only 4 stars because I would like to have seen more accessories specific to the Manatee (or Perception) models..