We have owned the Guide 147 since 2001. Our first trip was to the BWCA, and although it slow, it definitely is very stable. We were crossing Duncan Lake along with a kevlar in very windy conditions. Whereas the kevlar flipped, we were able to maintain a straight and steady course. Almost felt like we were on a cruise ship. It's great for day trips and its almost totally indestructible. Our only regret is that when this came out in 2001 it didn't come with back supports.