It is such a pleasure to paddle and very stable in the water. Being a complete novice I didn't know what to expect, but this kayak is certainly perfect for recreational use. It's lightweight, easy to load (I'm a 65 year old woman) and just glides through the water. It has a nice storage component too. I would say that it was well worth the money spent on it. It far exceeds the ten foot units. Gorgeous lines. Gorgeous kayak.