The Ocelot is an awesome boat. I took mine down the Grand at 18,000 cfs and had an outstanding time. The boat is extremely agile and when coupled with 9.5' oars able to move quickly and precisely. Running big water requires speed and maneuverablity, the Ocelot has that and more. When properly loaded & balanced, the MOST important aspect of cat rigging, it turns on a dime. Big waves, dig in get your momentum and hit it bow first!