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Trust. I believe I gave my Guide 17 a good test this summer, 2018. I went 677 nautical miles (1255 km) in a 58 day circumnavigation of Vancouver Island. I found I could trust this boat to be a solid performer. It was stable in challenging waters, sleek in the calm waters, and fun in the surf. I could almost feel the boat get excited as the tail lifted with a wave; she loves to surf!
I would gladly recommend the Guide 17, it is solid and fun to paddle. Ask me if you have any questions. The folks at Seaward worked hard to address my quirky desires for my boat! Thanks to them for building me a boat that fits me well, is comfortable for long paddles, and is playful while being stable.
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!