This is my 3rd year using this kayak. DO NOT be put off by having to build this kayak. By building it, you learn how to fix it IF anything ever goes wrong. And it won't. It's a very strong build. At 17feet long x 24 inches wide and around 45 pounds, I can carry it from my car to the beach without any issues. It absolutely does not need a rudder, tracks like a train on the tracks, and has never had any weather cocking problems. I've been out on my local lake in 30 mph winds, two strokes forward, one stroke backwards, with the biggest grin immagineable. You will have to get comfortable with edging this boat to get it to turn quickly, Take a class, get wet, gain experience, and this kayak will reward you with years of boating fun.