Originally Posted by John the welder
It really depends on your size and what you are going to put in your boat. Are you going to carry your boat into remote rivers or lakes? Do fly in trips like Alaska? Then weight and packabality are big deals. Just like the people in duckies that do multi day trips I have a mini-me that I fish out of and can do week long trips with with all the comforts of the big boats. Get the smallest boat you can fit into.
Carry in - No. Fly in - not at this point, but who knows. R2/R4 in class II-III - probably not. Casual weekend fishing & camping on class I-II in Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, maybe Oregon or Montana is my main objective. Me, my dog, maybe one passenger from time to time. Comfortable, but still conservative gear. Right now the Hyside 11.8 is standing out. 11'10"long and 6 ft. wide, 87 lb. weight, maybe a hair lighter without the thwarts. I can fit my dry box & cooler that I run on my whitewater cataraft in this boat which is a big plus to save $$$. Based on the specs I think that a 60 inch long/54 inch wide NRS frame will work. Row from the dry box, cooler up front, gear in the back. The NRS fit guide recommends 7.5 ft. oars. Not sure on that? I have a bad habit of getting oars that are too short, and having to get new ones. Right now this is all a work in progress. I always get myself in trouble over the winter. Last winter I resigned my cat set-up. This winter I want a new boat in my fleet. Oh well, it's just so darn fun to mess with boats.