Magooch. You say,"I want a boat that cruises with ease and is comfortable and dry in the rough stuff and won't put me upside down if I get sloppy. Oh, and the boat has to look good." As a fellow older paddler, these also are my criteria, although my criteria have been met with a very different boat. Top speed is of very little importance to me, but to many others it is a top priority. The younger guys need to have their fun.