Just got back from 4 days of paddling the Guide17 in the Gulf Islands. Man, it is sweet! So much cargo space! It really swallowed my gear well. I also really enjoyed the deck pod - it's huge! I don't think I'll ever carry snacks in my PFD again. It paddles really well, was fun in current, and is comfy for long sessions in the cockpit. Thank you for creating this kayak!