I recently startly fishing from a Hi-Sider Gheenoe. My back is getting too old to paddle a lot so the Gheenoe has a 6 HP motor on the back. I paddle with a kayak paddle after motoring to my fishing location. With the motor up, I can paddle in 4" of water and have no trouble going into back waters for bream and bass. It is stable enough stand-up in with reasonable balance. Stability is important for older guys. Tom Cat