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While I find the initial stability to be a bit tough as a newbie, the secondary stability made me very comfortable. I can edge without any problems and haven't capsized yet. It's taken me a bit to get used to, but now I have no problems tracking and it's pretty fast. Turns easily, corrects without a problems, lots of storage space and it's really pretty to boot. I'm falling more in love with the boat, but I can say, initially it was a bit frustrating. It's the kind of kayak that makes your practice those necessary skills of correct technique. But with time, practice and patience, it's become an excellent first time kayak.
I find a weekends worth of gear fits with no problem, thanks to the fact that Hurricane finally put some real hatches on it. The thin bulkheads are also nice because they maximize space in the biggest part of the boats storage area.
I have found the kayak to be steady and predictable on the water. Some might not think it to be fast enough, because it hits its hull speed quick. It is however efficient and requires minimal effort to keep it moving.
I think it is the best small plastic kayak I have seen yet for day/weekend paddling on protected waters.
The only real special outfitting I have done to mine is heel pads and an endurance seat pad system from sea air sports. I am kind of a fanatic on comfort every kayak I get, is immediately upgraded.