The boat is rock solid in stability but at 26" wide it better be. Perfect boat for the individual that is 6'0" 180 lbs plus. In addition, anyone 5'2" 110lbs. and lighter can easily go up front. If paddling solo, you could pack this boat for a month. Obviously, for the length, this is also a fast boat (for a barge). Cool tidbit, in the front hatch, there is a compartment in the very end of the hull - it is accessible through a 6" diameter screw in hatch (extremely dry). Great boat if you want to take your child with you. To bad it's not in production anymore.