I've had my Sandpiper for one full canoe season now. Took it out on rivers and lakes about 16-18 times last summer and generally loved it. I also lowered the seat about 2 inches, which does help stability. I'm six foot, so don't think lowering it any more would be comfortable for the six hour river trips I took. I may go with another couple inches and then add a 2" foam pad. The seat is only comfortable for about two hours for me. The canoe is a great all-around solo craft. Takes some tallent to keep up with the Kayaks on the 20-25 mile river trips, but I have many other things going for me, including a boat I can pick up with one hand.