Having been a kayaker for many years, I had serious reservations about switching to an open boat. That said, I love my new Swift Keewaydin 15. I think I feel more comfortable/confident in this canoe than I ever did in any kayak. The barracuda cloth isn't very photogenic. IRL, she is a knockout and paddles like a dream. As much as I love Autumn and can tolerate winter, I'm already jonesing for spring and summer to roll around again. I have some serious paddling to do!