It paddles easy and holds it's line pretty well. Not the most stable kayak I've been in, but I was never afraid of it tipping. The kayak claims to be 30 inches, but it measures closer to 28. I would have liked to had more deck room for a fishing box. The seat is awful and I replaced it before I ever took it out. The two rear rod holders are nice, but the one in the middle is about useless. It cannot hold a milk crate in the back so I bought a cooler and put it there. Most of the time this sells for $ 549 but I got a nice buy on this for $ 399. Before I would but this for $ 549 I would look at other options, because by the time you pay another $ 100 for a nice seat you might as well look at the 12 foot bass pro model.