This is my first kayak. I've had it for a couple years now, and we've been on quite a few adventures together. It's performed well in some precarious situations. The giant cockpit is nice for lakes, but is a safety risk on the bay, so I'm looking to upgrade. I actually like the little tackle box. Mine hasn't broken, and it holds just enough fishing stuff for me. But I wish that it was easier to seal the bulkheads. I've purposefully swamped the boat in the lake and it's nearly impossible to get back in. You have to swim with the thing back to shore. Not good if you're far from land. Overall though this kayak has performed really well.