This is an awesome boat. I recently paddles the Susquehanna River, from Cooperstown, NY. to Havre de Grace, Md., a distance of 444 miles. I traveled this distance in 10 days hauling all my gear and camping along the way. I encountered almost flood stage waters in the beginning with some very heavy water and strange currents. The boat performed flawlessly. This canoe handles class II+ water and stll covers the flatwater at a suprizing pace. Very pleased with the quallity and craftsmanship also.