I find my Scott Prospector 16 more stable and more comfortable in big waves than anything else I had used. Have had it loaded with 2 adults and 4 kids and fishing gear in Georgian Bay with no issues or concerns. I do a lot of wildlife photography and found the layout of this canoe perfect and extremely stable. Handles very smoothly on small lakes and quiet rivers. And it is just as good when fully loaded for some tripping.
I give it a 10.
I am used to paddling my Grumman and Tracker canoes. The big keel on these canoes will make you track so straight. I didn't even notice how my kid was such a novice. And a little rub on a rock is hardly noticeable.
The Scott was so light on the portage, but the tracking and scratches were the downfall for me.
Maybe I shouldn't even post this, I believe its probably unfair to only give it an 8, I'm sure its a 10 out of 10 canoe to people who use this type of canoe on a regular basis. It's just that I'm used to aluminum.
To me a canoe is like my pickup, Tuff and not too fast. This Prospector is more like a Camaro. Light,Fast,Good looking, and not for a pick-up-man.