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My friend is an experienced canoeist since the 1970s and is a rather small man. I don't think he weighs more than 160 lbs. max. I, on the other hand, am a relative noob and I weigh 230 lbs., a considerably bigger guy than my mentor. I tested his Kestrel without any cargo and it handled my weight fine. But, just like my Starship, it needs some good heeling to the outside for effective turning. And my much lighter and more experienced friend feels the same way.
While it is hard for me to judge another canoeist, given my lack of experience, I don't have any doubts about my friend's skills. He knows how to turn a canoe.
BTW, years ago he did own a Proem and a Covenant and many other canoes. Currently he goes back and forth between the Kestrel and a little cedar strip and 'glass canoe designed and built by a local fellow, and which I simply do not dare paddle because it is so tender. He describes its tippiness as somewhere between the Proem and the Covenant.