I have used the Echo for the last 3 years. When I was inquiring about the canoe, the company went way out of their way to answer all of my questions. I love the canoe. It has wood trim and it is royalex. The wood trim is very well done. The hull in royalex is a no worry. It is super stable, approx. 30" at waterline and somewhat flatter than the rest. It paddles like a dream. I mostly fish and play out of it. I think it is a great all round canoe.