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MONTANA â€“ Finally, a weekend without snow in the weather prediction and a chance to try out my new AE Convertible. The first & only problem I encountered was the fact that the hose hookup for the inflation valve differed from the same style valves on my raft and duckie. I solved that problem with a knife. I also placed plastic bags between the Velcro strips until the inflated tubes settled in as per a tip from the question & answer section of Advanceâ€™s website and everything lined up just fine. I purchased two woven rugs from WalMart for $2.50 each and covered the floor with them since I was going to have people jumping in and out on a regular basis. They worked quite well for keeping the inside clean and dry when it came time to pack up. I purchased 230 MM Carlisle Magic paddles and didnâ€™t take on any water from drippage in two days of paddling but I can see where decking can help inexperienced paddlers from taking on water. Ease of paddling was good and I was able to maintain an adequate trolling speed by myself for fishing resulting in a total fish count of 16 with two separate passengers. Tracking was straight and true and wind effected the Convertible very little. All in all, so far Iâ€™m very pleased with my purchase. One little plus to this trip â€“ my wife and I were able to observe a 1 Â½ to 2 year old 200 lb grizzly bear cub for about 15 minutes at 30 yards from the safety of our kayak. Too Cool!! I really want to do a solo trip into Shoshone in Yellowstone this year and see no problem at all with storage of gear for one for several days in the backcountry (bear spray included).