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Recently I purchased a neoprene cockpit cover to paddle the Echo solo. To my surprise it paddled very well. The rudder was not necessary, even in chop and a breeze. It handled the currents around Alcatraz without difficulty. I was careful to avoid hull slap over some of the larger ferry wakes which was not difficult when taking the swells obliquely. I recommend this kayak to anyone in a similar situation, namely intended use with a partner ~75% of the time and desire to paddle solo on occasion. The 18 foot length and 70 lb weight make it fairly easy to transport and store.