I was able to take my new kayak for a try-out paddle yesterday, obviously not able to do anything other than flat water stuff, without the skirt and lifejacket. My partner and I are really impressed with the engineering and obvious thought and workmanship that has gone into the kayak. This is ideal for me, as I have a small sports car and so can't carry a hard shelled kayak on it. My first serious paddle with this boat will be with my friends on May 2nd!! I cant wait!!