Best 12' boat?
Hi, I'm about to purchase a used boat, but wanted to get some feedback on quality, handling, etc before I drop the $$.
I'm not a weak girl, but I hate oaring. With a passion. So I decided I could sacrifice the ability to hit the biggest waves on the Nenana for the ease of oaring a small boat. I would like to run a paddle team most of the time. I want a boat that will hold it's value in case I find I'm not able to get the use out of it I expect to in the next year or two.
I am looking at a SB Avon Scout, and for some reason Achilles and other skinny rafts seem to be real popular up here in AK. From what I understand, the skinnier boat will be easier to flip, right? I'll be running class II-III whitewater, eventually some IV's, almost all the rivers around here have a lot of shallow slow sections also.
The Avon is an extra $1K... But it has the oaring frame I want, instead of a fishing frame.
Feedback on the Avon? Is there another brand that would be just as bombproof but cheaper? Will it sit lower/ higher in the water, and how will that affect how well it runs whitewater vs. ability to float over the shallows?