At 74 lbs, it's a bit heavy, but not a problem if you have 2 people. I paid $429 for mine and that's a bargain for the freedom it brings. Stability is not a problem, the extra room is a huge bonus. I plan to add 2 drop in seats and there will still be plenty of space for all, and the 900 lb wt limit is more than adequate. For the price and quality, I don't regret buying this canoe one bit! Excellent for beginners and experienced paddlers alike, this is a terrific all around recreational canoe.