My Hurricane 116 skimmer is a dream to launch and paddle ! At 42 pounds it slips thru the water with ease .I mostly Kayak fish ,occasional bird watching . In my part of Florida ,there's lot's of great water to paddle . The milk crate area behind the seat is good access for my gear . Front sealed hatch is waterproof ,as well as the small hatch at the seat .I'm 5'7" and feel very comfortable ,with adjustable foot rests. The adjustable seat back is wonderful ,but I added a Summit seat for longer days . Overall a good lightweight and well made kayak !