The new seat is super comfortable but it also raises you up enough to create a downhill push with your legs. This allows you to develop way more power then with the older models. The new drive now has 24 dlerin needle bearings on all moving parts.
The older drives were very smooth as you can see from all the 10 out of 10 ratings.
The new drive should get a 12 out of 10 rating.
Turning there was some resistance. I had to lift one butt cheek or drag the blade to turn quickly. Standing... it was as stable as my Pro Angler and easier to get back in the seat. I felt with practice I could paddle all day with a single blade stand-up paddle. This may prove to be this yaks most unique attribute.
I sat side-saddle and pushed it as hard as I could the photographer said I got one pontoon clear of the water without going over. I did weigh it as it carries a lot lighter then 48 pounds but the scale read 48 right on the money. No help needed to lift this thing by yourself on to a high SUV. It paddled into the wind which was about 15 knots with no loss of speed or glide. I think the concave tunnel might actually create lift. Noticed very little disturbance or wake coming off the bow.
I'm 200 pounds and the yak drew more water then I was expecting; about six inches. Footbraces felt rock solid with no flex at all no matter hard I tried. Hardware looks to be all stainless. The paddle lash was also rock solid I could barely move it once locked in.
Overall the only yak in its class I can compare it to are the Hurricanes I used to sell. It tracked much better and the stability isn't even comparable. With practice, I think I can polka on the catfish. I never GPS'ed a Hurricane so I cant compare speed but 5.4 MPH without paddling the last decade surprised me. I used a 240cm full carbon Werner.
P.S. Delts has just come out with a rudder system for the Catfish which should deal with my only complaint about how the Catamaran turns. With the rudder system I'm sure it would get a 10.