I would go with a used 14' self bailer, but a brand that has a great warranty, like Aire or NRS (both 10 years). I money isn't really of concern get a new raft with a cadillac of a warranty. I had a small cataraft that I sold for just a little less than I paid for it new (frame and rubber). It was a high quality boat (Aire) with not a hole on it despite having run rocky, shallow western rivers, for 12 years. If you are thinking of running over-nighters, which is probably the easiest way to outgrow a boat, think long and hard about the frame set up and how you'd carry all that stuff. Check out other people's rigs. I LOVE the way my hubby's 14' NRS packs for overnight trips, but my SD Puma is better for hauling people, and can be run as a paddle boat.