We love this canoe! All the years that I have been with Kirk he has always wanted a canoe. So for his birthday, the kids and I got him one. I found a "smokin deal" that we couldn't pass up. Anyway, these guys are in pure heaven. It is so peaceful being out on the water. So anyway, it will support the weight of Kirk and all of the kids. It is quite a site. I offer to hang out on shore and get in a little quiet time. We are going to train Henry to ride with them eventually. One time, Victoria and I were hanging out on a nice grassy spot while Kirk took the three big kids out fishing and canoeing. They were gone for a couple hours and I couldn't see them anywhere. I thought maybe they went around the bend somewhere so we packed up all of our stuff and were going to drive around to the other side of the lake to see if we could see them. Well, they came back and were all talking at once. They had found the river that leads into the lake and had paddled out of Custer State Park and came through the mountain pass to where the Stockade Fort was out side of the Park at the entrance. They had a great time. Daphne looks like Pocahantas. Victoria pretty much just "stirrs tea" with the paddle. Jared is always mediocre when asked about if he enjoys what he is doing. Canoeing is the only thing that I have ever witnessed him take charge and genuinely have a smile constantly on his face. This is his thing. And I am so happy that the kids can share this with their Dad.