We bought our Keowee III 4 weeks ago and have had in the water as much as possible. We needed a boat that would carry me, wife and 6 year son (he?s getting a little big though, need another boat) and it work great! Paddles well and with the rudder has excellent control. We had in the river and Lake Seminole between AL, GA and FL. It runs shallow enough to go just about anywhere with all of us in it. Last weekend even had in the Apalachicola Bay with the dolphins. Even with 1 foot waves it cuts thru fine. Got to get a skirt for rougher water though. Like was said below if I want to relax I let the wife paddle or vice-versa and still run at a good pace. Great all-around kayak for the family.
I would like to see a future version of this model with an extended cockpit. Maybe longer the Aurora model 92 inches, but with the same weight, or a
little less, as the Keowee III. We could maybe then get a slightly larger child in it. Also, with a beam a little less than the 33 inches which makes
paddling single a little less convenient.