The RAM-X 15 is my first canoe. I love it; not only for the price ($299.00...ok, $300), but for it's functionality. It rides beautifully atop my Thule rack attached to my Honda Accord. It's easy to lift and carry by myself. I take the kids out at one of the many lakes in our area and paddle for an hour or two several times a week. Definately a good first canoe; low maintenance, durable, cost-effective.