Ok, stepping out on thin ice here but I respect both Don's and Geezer opinion and I would base the decision on how aggressive the paddler is. I recommended a boat to a friend this spring and he had the chance to get an RPM for cheap. I told him to go ahead and buy it for 350 sell for 250 or 300. I figure no matter what boat you buy, that you will be in a different by the end of the year but that may just be me. I trade boats wayyyyy to much. If pressed I would tell her to go with the showdown or a small gride.