I finally bit the bullet and got myself a new Sotar. I have been running them for years. When I owned a whitewater rafting company I ran them and all the fishing guiding I have done has been out of an older SS model. This one arrived the other day and I was finally able to get it on the water. I can say unequivocally this is the best rowing boat I have ever taken down the river with three people in it. It has way more rocker than other boats I've owned so it's a little more drift-boat-like I have to tweak the frame a little bit because this boat is a little longer than my last one and do a few things to it. I could have put a lot more days on my old boat but I figured that since I'm moving to AK I'd be happier and more confident with something new. This is pretty similar to how most boats are set up for Montana fishing, but I also have a bare bones frame for backcountry, whitewater and multi-day stuff.
A couple of things I've noticed. New Cataract oars are way heavier than old Cataracts. The new convertible oar rights are pretty sweet, you can feather, then when you want to anchor in current you can flip them down, or when you've got a novice on the oars they can use them to make life easier. This is the first high back seat I have put on my boats and I will be putting them on every boat from now on, so much easier on the spine.
It weighs more than 100 pounds but that's before I removed the thwarts. It is pretty easy to pack but I seriously doubt that any airlines would allow it as checked baggage. I am thinking I'll end up adding an Aire Leopard to the fleet before I make the move but this is still going to be my everyday boat.