Hi, Just saw your post on the Marlin. I bought one this summer in Prilite and like it very much. This is my first "long" boat I've owned but have paddled others. Very stable, turns easily with a little edging and I find it very comfortable. The neoprene hatch covers go on & off more easily than those I have on other Prijons I own. (thinner material and overall smaller. They seal very well also. The "deck box" is not a sock as in other models but a hard plastic well that is substantually larger than the opening to it. Very nice and roomy. Did I mention that this boat draws comments like "that sure looks fast" (it is!) and "that's one beautiful boat",Etc. Mine is red & white and the design as well as the fit & finish is superb in my opion. Can you tell I really like this boat? Hope this helps you with your decision.