I just picked up my '07 Rocker. The Jackson design team really stepped it up with this one. Here's my take on it as it sits in my living room.
1. It has rocker. Way more rocker than the last one. She should boof like a champ.
2. The bulkhead is amazing. I knew they were going to put a trap door into the MegaRocker's bulkhead, but they put it into the Rocker and Punk Rocker bulkheads also. It is super easy to open it up and throw overnight gear into the front. I'm sure the trim will be hugely improved with a fully loaded boat. Black Canyon, here I come.
3. The boat has a high ridge that runs the length of the boat and should help prevent folding in addition to the super tough crosslink plastic. It also looks to add to the stability, but it is definitely high enough to keep from hitting the rocks.
4. There are still no holes through the hull except the drain plug. She should still be completely dry. Also, since there are no holes to hold in the seat, the team removed the water escape grove that is on the outside of most boats near your hips around the cockpit combing. This is generally the weak point where most boats will fold, but the new Rocker doesn't have it.
5. The interior is dialed in. The bulk head and center pilar are still not directly attached to the boat and will give with a big piton. This definitely saved my ankles last summer. There is finally a water bottle holder between the legs and attachment points for your throwbag, pelican box, etc. in the stern. Also new for this year is a grab loop inside the boat near your ankles to help hold the boat steady while portaging (although I've never portaged anything, so I'll leave it up to you guys to test that out)
I posted some pics for y'all to check out! Can't wait to get 'er on the water.
Also, Confluence has the Nealy book back in stock, so I'll leave with a quote for the season.
From the definition of creek boater: "The creek boater prefers his women hot, his beer cold and his steak rare. In that order."
Boatin with Joe the Mank Hunter[/img]