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I weigh 200+ plus a beer or two, and water came through the scupper holes like its supposed to. I found a quick wiki how to regulate it a bit. But the boat tracks fine on smooth water, and I can't wait to try it out on some chop. Adding a fishing pole holder resulted in an extra hole, but now it has character. I dig the boat, and it fits inside my Marano with no problem.
Extremely stable and maneuverable, and can be launched easily from either beach or dock. My only reason for a "9" instead of a "10" is that even with the suppers plugged, you still sit in water which is a little uncomfortable if you are on a river and not at the beach. I am 5'10" and 145 pounds and this little boat handles just fine for me.
This boat was borrowed - but the owner said he had the same problem with the hatch coming off in rough water. Personally, if I owned it, I would glue the hatch shut (after thoroughly drying it out inside) and apply a watertight seal around it to keep the thing from ever opening again. It's not like that little hatch is very useful anyway - if I needed to bring gear or something along (not when surf-playing) I'd stick a dry bag under the bungee cord in the stern instead.
Wilderness Systems! Fix that hatch issue and you'd have a fun little surf boat! I would have rated it with a 9 or so (not a 10 because it doesn't paddle as fast as some other SOT kayaks I've used) had I not had this hatch thing happen. As it is now, it's just an average little flat water SOT kayak (and a longer boat would track so much better in flat water), so I gave it a 5.