solid boats at a reasonable price. The price is right because there is no distributor taking a cut and not because they are cutting corners which is what a lot of folks on the buzz would like to believe. All sales go directly through the manufacturer. Generally the CO boaters slam Bliss-Stick with no foundation other than they are brand loyal to some other company. In fact I'd bet that most people who have some reason to slam Bliss have never even paddled one and if they have they paddled it with less than an open mind. The plastic is solid I've never had any abnormal leakage that I couldn't attribute to a spray skirt. You are not making a mistake buying a Bliss-Stick and you won't find a more friendly custy service. OK so now I'll make room in the thread for all the eddy whiners spouting how 'the plastic is thin, soft etc etc' all total BS.