I just got back from 5 days in the Boundary Waters with the used MN II I bought a month ago. It was a real dream to paddle, with my 135 lb son in the front and me (235 lbs) in the back, and about 100 lbs. of gear. It tracked straight and true through small waves and light to moderate winds, but was very easy to turn and spin when I needed to. We didn't have any high winds or waves, so can't comment on that. Its weight made it a very easy carry on portages; no really long ones but my 15-year-old son was able to carry it without difficulty up to 100 rods or more. VERY NICE BOAT -- I love it!