The Pelican Daredevil was my first canoe. I knew it was heavy, but I didn't realize how bad it paddles until I bought a real canoe - a Wenonah Adirondack. The Daredevil is totally unresponsive in the water. Also, the bottom warped quickly. I recommend paddlers try instead buy a used canoe of better quality. The enjoyment you will get from a canoe that responds to your paddle will be well worth it.