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We have taken it out on rivers, lakes and the ocean (on a very calm day) It is extremely stable, being 30" wide and 14 ft long. The bottom is flat. The down side is the hull is not stiff. It tends to sag in places which makes it want to go in circles when you set it up to use a as a solo kayak. Being wide and flat bottomed it is also a good bit of work to paddle. I don't mind the exercise, but we do envy those sleek v hulled boats that go effortlessly by us.
All that said my wife and I regularly enjoy getting out together in our Walden. This is the best boat for our circumstances.
The seats are neat due to the ability to reconfigure them, but they are hard plastic, without cushioning... so take heed. I have padded the seats with after market self-adhesive pads (much better), added paddle clips (convenient), deck rigging (bow) and two cat-bag dry hatches (5.5 inch) in the stern. She is now a custom, comfy and convenient kayak for two suitable for 6-8 hour trips anywhere.
I wouldn't trade her for the world.
I was a little worried about how the boat would handle when I was alone. I had nothing to worry about. The seat adjustment is very efficient and the yak tracks well and steers better than I expected. We are going to Texas in a month and plan to take it with us to fish the shallow salt marshes along the Texas coast.
We would rate it first class.