The canoe is stable enough to handle the antics of squirmy preschoolers and large dogs, which is perfect for my usage. It does have a keel on it, so it tracks well for a short boat. This might be a disadvantage if it is really rocky where you intend to use a canoe. I have only used it on flat water, and haven't put a motor on it, but it paddles well for such a wide canoe. Although a tandem, paddling it solo also works.