Finally going to throw down for a raft this year. I'm a 5'6" woman, relatively strong but I like oaring like being inside on a sunny day. So, I decided being able to do the biggest waves on the Nenana is an acceptable sacrifice to make oaring easier.
I want to run a paddle team probably most of the time... I like whitewater, don't really care about slower rivers or fishing comfort. That bein' said, a lot of our rivers have their fair share of slow shallow sections I want to run. I also want a raft that will hold it's value well in case I don't use it as much as I expect the next year or two.
It seems like a lot people have skinnier rafts up here, an Achilles is one I'm looking at, why is this? Seems like they would tip easier?
I am also looking at an Avon Scout SB, it's an extra $1k, but has the exact oaring frame I want.
Any feedback on brands or materials? I know with snowboarding there are brands that are worth every penny, but at a certain point you're just paying for brand name.