I bought this boat after I had hip replacement surgery 3 years ago. Previously I was paddling my beloved 17 ft wood kayak I had built 10 years previously. The cockpit on the wooden kayak was 29.6 inches bu just under 16 inches making it dangerous to enter. The Hurricane has a 50 something long cockpit which is too large but I have the "Dashboard" which reduces the length by 15 inches. The boat tracts extremely well dur to the flexible hull which inverts to provide a stabilizing channel. While it won't set any speed records the kayak is easy to get going despite the somewhat teardrop hull. At 75 I will be able to paddle for many more years to come.