Bought the canoe in spring last year (2004) for rouglhy 650$ CDN. Good canoe for beginners. Me & wife went even on canoe-camping for a night. Loaded with gear for 2 days, behaved really good in small rapids (R1, R2)and was quite stable. The only bad point: canoe is dam heavy for portage! At some point, we just dragged it along the river. The plastic construction made it virtually non destructible: we paddle for 3 years now and we were beginners at that time: we hit a lot of rocks and knocked it all around.
If you wanna take a passenger, this one HAVE TO BE seated on the bottom of the canoe,not on the middle seat because then, it become REALLY UNSTABLE.
Overall good beginners canoe.