I was fortunate to find a NC15 used and in great condition about 6 months ago. This is my first kayak and I couldn't have found a better fit. I love the clean uncluttered lines and have found the seat to be very comfortable. Reading the reviews before I saw the kayak, I felt it would be a kayak I could grow into and suited to the type of paddling I wanted to do. I've taken it in Monterey Bay, estuaries, lakes, rivers and Puget Sound. It glides and turns well without a rudder as the manufacturer claimed it would. No weathercocking to speak of and the length makes it a very smooth ride. I'd buy a new one without hesitation.