I do not currently own a Buffalo Canoe but I have paddled in many. By far, the only canoe that I would invest my money in. Gary Gordon, the owner, cares about the quality of each and every canoe that rolls out of his shop. These canoes are built one at a time by hand and the craftsmanship shows. In Arkansas, most canoe rental places have a fleet that consist of these canoes because they stand up to the use and abuse of people that are renting them, many of which have no experience. When Gary states that he wants this canoe to last you a lifetime, he means it. Not only your lifetime, but a product that will be passed down for generations to come and enjoyed by all. When I have the money to invest in a canoe, there is no need to look any further because I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Buffalo will be the canoe that I choose.