I had this shipped to my house. It was wrapped in thin plastic but the cockpit was wide open, the plastic had been cut. I didn't notice until the 2nd day, but there were a few deep scratches on the side of the boat, i guess from shipping. I showed the seat to my husband, I had found some loose nuts (fasteners) in the boat. The seat was not bolted to the boat, it was loose. I don't know how the bolts (fasteners) disappeared, probably fell out during shipping? The seat bottom had a crack in it and was broken. The hull in this kayak is a very thin, flexible, not strong plastic. It could have problems if left out in the sun, the mfgr recommends putting a tarp over the kayak. Other than these issues, the kayak was fun and not tippy at all. I think my friend's kayak is faster, but hers is a lot longer also. I liked the 10 foot length. So if you don't have the issues I had, I would buy it. After returning it, went to Dick's sporting, got a future beach fusion 124 for $269, the waterquest that I bought online was $250. The future beach has a lot heavier hull, the waterquest hull you could easily bend with your fingers. The fut. beach has a padded seat, the waterquest seat is a hard plastic, but seems sturdier than the future beach. I also kept hitting my hand on the paddle holder on the waterquest.
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