Love my Swift! I have had it for 3 seasons. It has a skeg but do not have to use it. I wear a skirt with it and practice wet exits each time I go out. Easy to get back in with a paddle float. It is light enough that I can carry it and load it by myself. I use it on the Finger Lakes sometimes in 15 to 20 mile per hour winds with 3" - 4" breaking waves.I do not use it when the rivers are low. It does take a rock hit now and then but comes out fine. People always comment what a fine looking kayak is. It is comfortable and a day of 10 - 15 miles is easy on my 60 year old body. I had a bungee put inside by the seat to put the pump. I like to keep the deck as clear as possible. It takes a full load of gear with ease. I do safety with this boat for SUP races,Charity events, etc and it handles well and keeps up with the racers as needed. I love this boat! P.S. I love the new Swift colors especially the grape/berry.