Submitted: 03-22-2010 by Charles Vaught
I paddled this kayak (fiberglass model) from Winonah MN to New Orleans on the Mississippi River, it took my partner and I 53 days. We had severe winds, still water, fast current (high water resulted in no rapids by the "chain of rocks" just a mild dip) and averaged 36 miles a day at an average of 6 miles per hour (keep in mind the 2-3 mph surface current).
It's stability is amazing, we never tipped. IT HOLDS A TON OF GEAR. We packed every inch of the inside and strapped bags on top...approx 220lbs of gear.
I would highly recommend this kayak for anyone planning a long trip, has 2 adults and one child, prefers stability over speed, or wants a kayak that will last. The only downside to this was coming home to FL and realizing the small need for a 22ft kayak.