I purchased a used prijon Marlin a year ago. Didn't get to paddle it much last year. Have paddled it as much this year already. The blow molded plastic slides across Rocks if the water is low, but it excels as an open water craft. I do like paddling rivers, and I find this 17 ft edges and turns better than a lot of shorter kayaks. I've had it in some pretty choppy waves and it handles beautifully. (fast and effortless) Initial stability, there's not much. Secondary stability, once you learn where it is, is amazing. I'm 5'7" and 165 pounds and a friend of mine borrowed it and loved it. He's 6'2" and 230. He said it was tight getting in and out, but once in he was very comfy. I am so pleased with this kayak, that I stop by Puddledockers in Ithica N.Y. when I'm in the area to let them know how happy I am with my purchase. Big grin!