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The boat is FAST and tracks like a champ but turns like a freight train (not surprising at over 17'). A heavy lean helps the turn but going through some of the windy Adirondack streams I like to explore can be a little challenging at times.
A little heavy and unwieldy for portages with no good yoke built in, I'm considering buying a removable yoke.
All in all a great canoe. I paid $150 for it and it was worth every penny.
It tracks on rails, but will turn decently with a substantial lean. It works well with both a bent shaft or straight canoe paddle. But I prefer a long kayak paddle going upstream in a strong current or canoe.
Primary stability is very good, and it can be leaned over to the gunwales smoothly. Its pretty easy to cartop, and I usually carry it on my shoulder, like a kayak. The tractor seat is comfortable, and still in good shape for a 1983 boat. The hull and aluminum gunwales are also solid, like a much younger boat. It has enough room for extended camping, though I've yet to try it. The narrow sides prevent loading anything wide, however, so that's something to keep in mind while packing.
I only had it out in mild rapids and large lakes and rivers with moderate wind, which were no problem. She was a bit squirelly in following seas and Class II rapids, but didn't take on water.
All in all a great boat to go fast in, for touring, rec racing or workouts. She's stable enough for fishing and photography. An excellent solo canoe.