I owned one of these for a while, and highly recommend it for some people. It is stable, and holds more stuff than most reasonable people would take on a canoe trip of any length. It is tough enough, and it is light. I prefer canoes that are a bit more "lively", so personally I prefer something with a bit of rocker for general tripping, or faster for lake tripping, but if you view the canoe as a means to an end, and just want a no-fuss way to haul your family and your stuff, this is an excellent canoe. Also great if you have a dog, or kids, or both, or just like stability and capacity.