I've owned my 12AR since June, 2018 and have used it primarily on lakes and protected saltwater. My initial reason for purchasing it was to have sufficient cockpit room to take my dog along and still have room to wiggle. The cockpit size also makes it very easy to enter and exit the boat even for a 74 year old. This is a very stable boat that tracks extremely well due to the hull design and offers a surprising amount of speed for a 12' boat. It's flawlessly made. I haven't even had to tighten a nut or screw. I've paddled kayaks for over 50 years and this is one of my favorite boats.