Gave it an 8 because even though it tracks well on calm days, with wind I really have to work if I dont use the rudder. if you are ok with rudder use then put it back to a 9. But for a boat with this long of a waterline I think that tracking could be better. On the one i have i put in the toe controls for rudder, best purchase ever.
With the new Focus 155.... let me say this.... "they nailed it" ... right in the middle !!! This marriage has produced a wonderful "sports-car version of the Tsunami with plenty of "zip" and more stability than the Tempest. It is a true joy to paddle on the rivers of South Dakota.
My Focus 155 arrived by freight to my doorstep wrapped in multiple layers of "bubble-wrap" in mint condition. It took 2 whole minute to connect the rudder and I was ready to go. Although the Focus 155 tracks "quite nicely" without the rudder down.... I always recommend the rudder on a kayak, especially in the windy conditions we find ourselves in this state.
I am 60 years old, 6', 225lbs and my new Focus 155 w/rudder is very comfortable with plenty of storage for my needs. The little 6" day hatch in the front deck is "ingenious". It is right in front of you, is a separate plastic compartment that is molded right into the kayak, has a tight sealing rubber lid and keeps my cell phone, keys wallet, & other small electronics "powder dry".
The "Phase 3 Air-pro" seat with "back-band" has more adjustments on it that are easy to set. It is very very comfortable. I am so use to the old Tsunami seat with the "full seatback" that provides a hard seatback that slides up & down, so I ordered the $80 after-market kit from Harmony. I wish they offered it as an option when you order. The Focus 155 comes with pre-installed hip pads & very comfortable upper thigh pads.
The reason I ordered this year is because some kayak blogs said that in Spring 2015 WS was thinking of changing from a "slide-track" system on the rudder to a "smart-trak" type system. I tried the "smart-trak" on my QCC 700X and prefer the "slide-trak". Not sure if the blogs are true ... but I was ready to order anyway.
Bottom Line: For you hardcore Tsunami owners.... it's time to "upgrade" !!!
The only down side to this boat is that the seat strap retainers will creep and I have to readjust the height of the seat bottom all the time. Otherwise it's been a good boat.