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I don't know the spec capacity of this boat. She's 10'3" long and 30" wide and sits rather high in the water compared to others her size. I (5'5", 136#) and those around 150# who've used it don't rock at all in it. Some others (200-250#) I've shared it with have felt it more unstable. One (345#) flipped it getting in. I'd hazard that if you're under 200# then you'll find it stable enough for recreational flatwater.
It's rather slow to the paddle. Not a bad thing for a beginner who will be making paddling mistakes but perhaps annoying for someone who wants a boat that cuts the water more cleanly.
Once underway it tracks very nicely, well enough for a beginner to comfortably stay in a group without having to fight the boat.
The cockpit is sufficiently large to make entry/exit easy and deckside storage is well designed.
As with most SoT this size, it's pretty easy to load and move about by one person though a adding a strap to the back instead of relying on the molded-in handle makes it a touch easier to manage.
It's tippy! No question. I'm 5'4" and 136# and I can tip it. It's plenty answerable and tracks nice for me though. And it's very easy to launch. Not so easy for re-entry though - that's just not really going to happen. For an fat-bottomed SOT it's very fast. I floated it plugged and unplugged - I got a bit more stability unplugged and it really didn't take on much water for me. The cockpit is pretty deep for an SoT.
My buddy, 6'1" 325# tried it out. Once he managed to get in he didn't make it far at all before turning it over. Several attempts and he gave up on it.
My take: this boat is really nice if you happen to be under about 5'7" and 175#. Kids, teens, small adults will handle it exceptionally well. As the user is taller-and-taller, the boat is less-and-less stable. There's an obvious center-of-gravity conflict with the center-of-bouyancy if you're on the 5'8" and taller side of the spectrum.
I tried to paddle this kayak and it is not stable at all. He is going to sell it and get a more suitable kayak for fishing...
The folks that have left such horrible reviews might need to look at a touring kayak so they can safely sit inside. These kayaks are great. Buy one if you can still find one.
First what did I like about them: They are light, and fit perfectly in the back of my pick-up truck, no rack, no ropes nothing, just throw them in. They seemed very stable in the water and after a few minutes of paddling we were very impressed with how they tracked and how NOT tippy these boats are. We took them into some really shallow stumpy areas and they will go shallow with no problems maneuvering over submerged stumps, logs and branches. They turn very easily and track very well even when rowed backwards. We eventually tried to intentionally turn them over and it wasn't easy. Tons of storage space. These designed to be stacked on top of one another and take up very little space in the garage. These boats are keepers. Take them back, hell no way!
By the way there was nothing about the boats that we didn't like!