I have never owned a boat, and have little experience with them. Here's what I am interested in; boating in Prince William Sound. Ideally, I would like to use it to get to and from glaciers for camping, possibly glass and stalk hunting, fishing, and maybe the occasional navigation up rivers.
I currently own a old RV that is not large enough to pull a trailer and i have no storage where I live. Can I safely get away with a collapsable boat such as a zodiac 16 footer? Or if I valued my life (which I do) do I need something rigid? If so, what size is safe?
I would be putting in at Valdez or Whittier for the most part and traveling over to bays that have glaciers in them. Obviously there's a concern over entering the ice field.
What is the smallest, reasonable craft for these purposes? what about horsepower needs?