"Life is a Project!"
The skeg really helped in the flats and made it easier to handle with the extra weight in it. I like how the sliding lever made it easy to switch it up or down quickly without any fiddle factor. With the skeg down I was catching eddies and peeling out as well as a 10 foot boat can do. It handled a lot like a creek boat.
The deck rigging came in handy to attach a deck bag to stow some sun screen, a snack and a map will slide under it for quick access. The only negative is a personal one, it's size is way too big for me. I really need to try the smaller one. I had to put so many shims in the hip pads, it only touched my hips but not really snug enough to fee locked in. All in all it's a cool boat and will serve a paddle camper well in flat or moving water.