One thing that surprised me is that it was relatively easy to roll the Venus 11. Our kayaking class included instruction on recovering after rolling, and it didn't take much of a lean over the side to put me in the water. The good news is that even for a small woman of retirement age, the Venus 11 was easy to flip back over and get back on.
I am extremely happy with my Venus 11 and am sure it will give me many years of happy kayaking.
I am so glad I took the advice of folks on Paddling.Net to buy the best paddle I could afford. Rental paddles I had used hurt my hands, caused blisters, and aggravated my minor arthritis. I paddled for a much longer time with my AquaBound Stingray and the light weight shaft and blades left my hands feeling great.
My only problems with it are that it is easy to pinch your fingers between the kickstand and the cart braces, and for a newbie, it isn't initially clear which is the "front" and "back" of the cart. However, it only took a couple of uses to figure all that out, and it is now the perfect cart for me.