I've had a sea leopard for a short while and agree with most of what has been said . Into any sort of sea or wind its very comfortable , with it on your back though it gets a bit tricky . I've been sitting further foward in a following sea which improves things markedly but having two different paddling positions isn't practical with a fixed seat so am wondering about the bean bag option suggested by Laurie .
As for the hatch covers , I find them fantastic , Bob showed me the way to seal them and yet to get a drop of water in either . The boat does like to turn into the wind but dropping the rudder firms it up and makes it easy to maintain rythem into a 9 o'clock breeze .