I took my new Shearwater 17 S&G out for the first time with the Cape Cod AMC group yesterday. I had made a trial run on a pond in early April, but was a bit spooked by the zero initial stability and tight cockpit, so decided to wait until the water warmed a bit before making a real run. Now I can say I love this boat! This is a brilliant design that performs as well as it looks. Like the designer, I am a 6'4" 200 pound male and don't fit in a lot of yaks. This one fits like a well-made suit, which makes it easy to control. It is fast, easy to steer, tracks well and has a slight weather helm. The low initial stability and hard chines make carving turns easy. Secondary stability is very good and it responds well to bracing. I haven't tried an eskimo roll or wet exit - will wait until the bay warms up more for that. The Shearwater is about ten pounds lighter than my CD Pachena. I can easily carry it on my shoulder and hoist it onto the roof of my old Tahoe wagon.