My first Royalex canoe and I have been wanting one for a while. I would probably have rated the canoe a 4 due to some tracking issues I have had with it on larger rivers etc. but when it comes to all around effectiveness and comfort this is by far the best canoe I have paddled. I would say it is best suited for smaller rivers or if you are on open water keep up your speed to keep her straight. I have had it loaded with my Wife and two children and it seemed to handle the load very well. I never really noticed it being any more "tippy" than other canoes either as in some of the reviews I have read. I like the capability of it being a trip canoe with family and gear and also working vey well as a fast solo boat. Also being very light and easy to portage and load on your own. Very pleased with canoe.