What size boat is best for out west?
I have pushed rubber for a living for over 25 years back east running rivers from Maine to Georgia and made many pilgrimages to the GC, but that is the extent of my running rivers west of the Mississippi. Now retired and living in Southern California. My wife and I and our whitewater loving Rottweiler are planning a multi-day rig to run on western rivers; thinking Oregon, Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico, etc. I am approaching 60 years and so I'm thinking trips like Rogue, Salmon, Salt, Snake, Green etc. Could use some advice on the size boat to consider.
Thinking 14SB or a 15SB NRS Otter. Cost and boat weight are not a concern. Tube size (20) and width (7ft) are equal. Boat will be heavy with gear, so do I need the extra capacity or will the added length make maneuvering more difficult? Will I float higher for the same weight and is that a good thing? Please share your wisdom.