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We put it on lakes, even one with motor traffic and we can comfortably paddle, fish, etc. Is light enough for one person to load and portage. That is the most important factor to me. Its durable, and all canoes scratch on the bottom. Great deal compared to the cheap B&M store canoes.
Overall, it is a good canoe for its purpose. The pros outweigh the cons.
Although this is my first boat and I don't have much to compare it with, it doesn't impress me as being too fast. It also takes a fair amount of effort to keep it tracking straight. When loaded with a lot of gear (i.e. when two people are paddling it across the lake with fishing tackle and a week's worth supplies) the boat is especially slow. Also, the exterior scratches easily. But who cares if your boat looks used. Just be careful around rocks.
Overall I am pleased with this boat. Very light and very stable. This is an excellent fishing boat for 1 or two people. There is not much room between the bow seat and front of the boat so make sure your fishing buddy, girlfriend, or whoever will be sitting up front isn't too tall.
The Stillwater 12 is so wide (downright tubby!) that it's not going to set any speed records, but that width is what helps make it feel very safe and secure even for nervous first-time canoeists. If you were thinking of putting two full grown adults in this boat, especially with any extra kind of weight added (like a dog, gear, or a kid), I'd recommend going to another canoe.
Final note: As the other reviewer pointed out, the fiberglass coating does indeed scratch easily. Looks really bad on the dark colors (ours is maroon)
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