I inherited this canoe from my dad. Didn't know what to expect having had no paddling experience, but I've been impressed with this boat. Have been out mostly on lakes for a couple of seasons. With my partner (also a novice) paddling in the bow, we were able to track straight and reasonably fast across a big lake with some wind, waves, and motorboat wakes. This gave us confidence. We've paddled with dad in the middle fishing and felt very stable. Cargo capacity is huge.
Only drawback is the weight. Just too much for a middle-aged petite woman, so I'm selling it for a lighter boat. Don't plan to do long expeditions, so don't need to carry gear for a week either. But I can tell its a well designed, quality-built craft and will provide many more years of excellent service.