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This boat has the perfect balance of width for stability and length for tracking. I can stand and fish from it, and I regularly paddle moderately technical stretches of river up to class III difficulty. This is a boat that I truly love to paddle. It is heavy to portage, especially with wet gear, so make sure either your back is strong or you get a good stow-able, rugged cart to help you roll this thing!
It's a trade off, but also, I should have gone to one of those big symposiums to try different ones out. I don't know if I could have gotten the same size but a better tracking kayak.
Overall, I like it. Don't know if I would consider a rudder. I have to try a demo of any brand/make or model just to see if a rudder would throw me off or if I'm better off just using my paddle to steer. Steering w/ a paddle slows you down. I bought it to use as a safer kayak for recreational use, not fishing.
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