I wanted to let you know that these kayaks - I have 2 Beach models - are the best things I've ever bought myself. I've had them for just over a year now, use them year-round in a nearby lake in North Carolina, and even when I'm paddling solo always bring both. I've met so many like-minded people, often a small crowd forms as I'm building the kayak and I always welcome any and all to give it a try. The local REI is just a few miles from here, and I've sent many people their way. Mostly, this is a 40+ year old crowd, and many are like me - women 50+ who are not able to load/unload a solid body kayak independently - Oru has opened/re-opened the world of paddling to us. REI donated a hydro-launch at the lake I prefer to paddle, so the lake is accessible to those in wheelchairs. I have a young friend who was recently in an accident that fractured his C-5, and will be taking him out the next time he's in town. As an additional benefit to those of us fortunate enough to be able to walk down to the water, we can use the hydro-launch so that even on the chilliest of days, we can get our boats into the water without getting wet! We kayaked on Christmas last year. Thank you for this amazing product! I can honestly say it has changed my life.
PS - I let a woman cyclist who was resting at the boat launch try my Oru. She called me "the girl who gets folks kayaking". Her birthday was the next day - she left me to go buy herself an Oru;-) I don't know her but good chance I'll see her paddling soon!