Wow… a small world to be interested in the same boat that’s built on the opposite coast! I row the Solo 14 year round (snow, rain, fog, sun, wind, tide). The boat is bulletproof and rows like a dream in all conditions. I row around Great Cranberry, then thru ‘the gut’ and back to Southwest Harbor often, or from SWH out to Little Cranberry, or out the Western Way to Ship’s Harbor, or up to Valley Cove, or down Somes Sound… my ‘quickie row’ is a lap around Greenings, which I actually just did today (when foggy I do the Greenings lap). The boat handles beautifully with seas coming from any direction. I use a dry suit in Winter of course (and PLB, radio, phone, extra oarlock, anchor), but the boat is very stable. I’ve been in the Western Way in rollers with the horizon disappearing and surfing a little bit and it did great. I have several other small boats, and this boat, by far, is used the most. It’s rid me of 30 extra pounds too! I’d be happy for you to look at or take a test drive in the harbor if you find yourself on Mount Desert. I keep it on a dock in the harbor in front of my father’s house year round. Let me know if you’re interested.