I rate it a 9 but for what I use it for it is a 10. The model Ihave has a sealed rear compartment and a skeg. I prefer a skeg as opposed to a rudder. Just me. I use it to get to out of the way places to fish and get away. I have use it on Lake Michigan, western shore, with no problems. Always felt secure. Not the fastest boat I ever had but a good all around boat.