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The seat is comfortable for my usual 4-12 mile trips (with short bathroom breaks). The bow and stern compartments are not completely watertight, but only took on a little water even when I was in a rescue practice daylong class that involved deliberately falling out of the boat many times.
So secondary stability is good, but primary stability not quite as good as a heavier or wider boat, but it doesn't bother me at all.
This boat is not as easy to handle on twisty turny narrow rivers, where most people are using 10' boats.
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