I hunted out of a canoe with home made sponsons (outriggers) for years. I kinda miss those days in fact. I would hunt Wheeler lake during wind warnings - along with a 2hp evinrude. Never had a hint of a problem but I grew up using a canoe. Once you get a friend in who doesn't know how to move in a canoe, you might be in trouble. But I even had a retriever who knew how to move around without tipping the thing. Hunted every type of situation. Nowadays I probably use too big of a boat. - looking for comfort and speed. I would say so far as safety and usability: it ain't the boat, its the man.