Paddling the Allwater was fun. It is a fast boat and quite comfortable. It is rather stable and can turn very quickly. The lowerable skeg does make it track more like a Daytripper, but pull it up and you have a serviceable WW boat.
I did not have a skirt with me so I paddled it open. I took on water multiple times on the short paddle carving turns. The cockpit is very low to the water in the rear. I got out on the main playwave and surfed a bit. The boat surfed well until I got the nose into the wave and water poured into the cockpit.
Now, I have always been a canoe guy, but I really did enjoy paddling the Allwater. I will have to find a skirt in the shop and get back to surfing that wave.
This is my first solo canoe though I have been soloing in a tandem for a few years now. I was quite impressed by the canoe. I took it to a local lake and quickly found myself in 3 to 4 foot cabin cruiser wake. This was the second time I had paddled the canoe and was rather scared. However it bounced like a cork and I stayed dry. I even got hit by a serious wake directly on the side. I am not sure the Echo I have paddled for years would have done any better.
I am also a fisherman and find that it is nice and stable as a fishing platform. I even got the guts to stand up for a few casts. It is a rather short boat so it is not the fastest thing on the water but man it feels fast. One paddle stroke sends you off. I have been practicing hit and switch and it works well in this canoe.
This canoe is not a flat water trip boat or a whitewater canoe. What it is is a canoe that will work for everything I have though of. It does not track as straight as some canoe or turn as fast as some but it is exactly what i wanted... so far. i will post another review after it has been on the river a few times.