When I was looking to purchase a kayak I needed to find one that I could carry by myself, because I knew if I didn't, I would have to wait for someone to be able to go with me to help carry it to the water. I did a lot of research before I purchased my Skylark. I LOVE IT! I am a 69 year old woman and I have NO problem loading my 41 lb. Skylark on the top of my Subie and heading off to the lake! Equally as easy to unload and take it to the water. It's very stable and easily maneuverable, which equals LOADS of fun!!