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The kevlar is rugged enough for my use, on the St Lucie River in Florida. Should I ever need skid plates, you can get them and put them on easily enough. Although it has a decent metal footrest for comfort and paddle stroke support, there is not much else. The seat is attached to the floor for good balance, but it is uncovered and there are few good padding options--although I use the seals pad. there is a wooden slatted back rest that works fine for me, but I may pad it soon. No accoutrements like cupholder (and I'm not about to drill a hole to make one) or even bow and stern straps.
Very good boat but not perfect. I can and do easily use a 230cm high angle kayak paddle with great success
As for performance, the WL tracks as well as the Vagabond, glides as well, turns as easily,has better secondary stability, and handles 40mph wind gusts without being blown away, also better than the Vagabond does. Compared to the OT, there is no negative comparison, except on price. Easier to paddle, better tracking and glide, more comfortable seat, and at 29 lbs., a joy to transport.
At $1299, it's a bargain among solo Kevlar canoes. Try it if you're looking for a solo for fishing or just for a great, fun flat water boat.
This boat is a joy to paddle with a single bladed paddle for easy maneuverability, and good tracking. With a kayak paddle it helps make up for the lack of glide of a 12 foot boat. I think the Wee Lassie is a fine addition to any paddler's boathouse.
I also paddled and fished from a Wenonah Sandpiper. Better to fish from with more room and stability. I installed Wenonah's adjustable height/tilt seat and it really helped. I only gave the Wee Lassie an 8 because I didn't like the seat and seatback. It is hard, and the slats tend to hook on my life vest and also on my flyfishing vest. (I paddle with an open vest) Also, the adjustable footbrace wouldn't stay adjusted. I tried new larger adjustment knobs and eventually one stripped out (it had a cheap bond between plastic of knob and the embedded nut).
If you could fix the uncomfortable seat and seatback and put good knobs on the footbrace, I'd give it a 10. The seat is also fastened in the hull by two studs which are molded in the hull bottom and protrude upward about an inch. This prevents removing the seat to install a kneeling pad. I always wanted to try paddling from a kneeling position but didn't want to damage my pad. Why Wenonah didn't use molded in nuts and thumb-tightened bolts is a mystery, because it would make this versatile boat even more so.
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