Growing up in Homer and PWS, I'm a salt water guy. However I'd like to get something to dink around on some of the lakes/calm rivers in the South Central with my family, but I don't know much about canoes or small skiffs. We would start putting around Eklutna or Beach Lake...
I'm looking for something less than 16', very wide (stable), very light, square stern, and very high quality. I would likely put an "Electric Paddle" on the stern http://www.electricpaddle.com/ those little guys are much more efficient than any low geared trolling motor. I would likely transport it on a ladder rack in the back of my pick up or something similar.
I would also like the ability to row from center oar locks, or paddle like a canoe.