I drove out to Gibson's Mill Pond to give the boat a first paddle yesterday. My first impressions were positive.
First off, I should mention that its very easy to inflate. There isn't much information on the process online so I didn't know what to expect going in. I'll try to remember to post a short video with more detail on the process later.
If you're used to paddling a sea kayak like I am, get ready for a pirouette party! The flat bottom of the boat let's it spin on a time and paddling across flat water in a straight line takes concentration. I'm looking forward to giving it a whirl on moving water to see how it behaves there. Stability is massive, obviously. The boat is wide (compared to a kayak) there is no chine and you're sitting way below the CG of the boat. I climbed all over it playing with the GoPro. There's no chance of flipping it on flat water. You might fall out but you won't flip the boat unless you try.
First impressions were great. Next up? I'll go see how it plays in moving water with a few day trips on the Saluda & Broad Rivers. After that I have my eye on a 50 mile float combined with about 30 miles of riding the Black Sheep... good things to come!