I purchased the Eddyline Samba after several years paddling the Skylark. I am petite (5'0) and found the Skylark too 'roomy' for me to control. Upon recommendation by my 'kayak' team, I purchased the Samba without even test paddling. The first couple of paddles were tricky; entering and exiting the boat took some practice. However, after those trials, I found the boat to be perfect for my small frame. I like to paddle distance and this boat accommodates with ease. Now I know how useful the thigh braces are! This has been the perfect boat for me and I love, LOVE the Eddyline products... would never own anything else. And, yes, I keep all of my boats because of the quality and craftsmanship. My only problem is what Eddyline product could I possibly purchase next that would meet or exceed the Samba qualities!! If you're a small paddler this boat will serve you well!