I am close to buying one. I see that here though, in the kayak review section, there is only 1 review and it is 3-stars due to fragility. To here Sterling tell it, these are very robust boats, and I don’t put much stock into any one review. I see that two of his other boats (I think its the Illusion and Reflection) have all 5 star reviews and I would think the construction is more-or-less the same. Still, in case there is anyone here who has had a Grand long enough to feel they can comment on its durability, I would love to hear what you think.
The other thing is that I had been planning on moving back down to a smaller boat (16ft range) and even for 17’3", this boat looks big. I am 200 lbs and 5’6". The performance is the performance irrespective of length and I keep hearing good things about the performance, so maybe I shouldn’t worry about this but would be interested to here from anybody who is more-or-less my height/weight or less, to see how they feel about the fit and feel.