Originally Posted by Don
Please consider on this site that most of the posters are honestly more about encouraging folks to push their limits than to over state how dangerous something might be. The Buzz has always had a bit of the climber mentality. You know "don't tell me the route, line selection is a big part of the enjoyment for me". So, if they are telling you over and over again that it's a bad idea and no one's telling them their full of it. You got your answer.
Sorry kids we're bumping down something else and you will still have a great time.
cisen - Welcome to the Buzz - Like Don says the folks putting up info here are usually ready to say "go for it" and if they're trying to talk you out of it, its for a good reason. You're probably getting about a couple of centuries combined experience of veteran whitewater boaters up above. The Moab Daily and Green River Daily are a couple of places you could check out. You could also spend a few days on the run from Cisco to Potash which includes the Moab Daily. There's also the Dolores, and probably just about everything else in the region should be boatable when you've got your trip.
If you want to add a couple more millennia combined river running experience go to the following email groups and ask your question and see what folks there think:
Grand Canyon Private Boaters Assoc. group and ask there as well: gcpba : Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association
Utahrafters : utahrafters : Connecting river rats
On either of those email lists and you'll get advice from more than a couple of old salts who have been boating Western rivers since the 60s or 70s and have raised families on the river.
Good luck with your trip - I don't envy you having to make the call on cancelling a Yampa permit. But it shouldn't be a tough decision with kids involved.