I recently found a new, but damaged, Kestrel SOT 14 composite in the back room of the local outfitter. After some grinding, glassing, and gel coat I took her out for a 8 mile test. Primary stability was better than expected for the high center of gravity, better than the Argosy canoe I normally paddle. It carried speed very well against the current and wind; was able to shoot up a class I rapid without eddy hopping. It tracked well and steering corrections were easily accomplished by a hard pull and lean. Secondary stability was very good which helps when edging a turn. Side draws were more effective than expected. Compared to my canoe it was extremely comfortable for my 235 lbs but not as easy to exit. Water from waves breaking over the side quickly drained from the cockpit. Why did they stop building this boat?