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The kayak is very low volume and low profile so the wind did not seem to cause any weathercocking at all. The turning ability was good and the low profile deck did allow waves from some yachts to splash over the front but the vertical dam in front of my feet kept the water out of the cockpit.
I tested its stability by sitting sideways and allowing the 2" to 2.5" yacht wakes hit the kayak sideways, other than getting soaked when the wave drenched me and filled the kayak with water it was VERY stable and I would feel confident in the ocean with this kayak. The seat is very low in this kayak but the self-bailing scupper valves seemed to work flawlessly, some paddling and the water gets sucked out of the drain valves. It was a very dry ride for a sit in!
The kayak has foam bulkheads front and back so plan on adding deck hatches to the center part for extra storage and access to extra items you might add such as rod holders etc. It also paddles a straight course very well as the bow design gives it a very long waterline.
Tracking is great even without a skeg system attached. The stern of this boat is flat, so a skeg or rudder system would be an easy installation. Primary and secondary stability are excellent with this boat. Mine is a '99 model, and does have a large "oil can" dent in the hull, but I notice no negative effects from this.
There are two drain holes in the cockpit. The ingenious part is that there are no plugs required; Hydra used a one-way scupper valve (a thin rubber valve) that only lets water out of the boat. Works great!
Overall, this boat is very fast and extremely stable, but has minimal covered storage due to the low deckline.
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