Grand Canyon Trip May, Easy Privat Boat Size Question
Hello fellow Buzzards,
I need some advice from the collective experience of the community.
We have a permit for the Grand this May and we are in the process of planning and I have a question about boat size for the trip and whether we should be 16' or 18' boats.
We are going to have a full trip of 16 people, all taking out at Diamond Creek, we will be doing a passenger exchange at Phantom of 5 people coming and going. We are using Pro for all group gear and food prep. We will have a total of 7 boats, 4 boatmen that have rowed the canyon at least once before and 3 newbies that have a varying degree of experience but at all capable.
I would like to know if we should get 16' or 18' boats, the 16' are lighter and easier to row which will help with reaction time if someone gets in a bad spot and will be easier to row overall. The 18's are more forgiving and have a larger cargo capacity but I have heard they are tough to move around on the water.
Also would like to know about overall load capacity and if we will need the extra room of an 18'
Myself, I have never rowed a larger boat than a 14' so I don't have a frame of reference either way, I would think that a 16' would be fine if you are on you game but would be nice for some of the first timers to have a margin of error with the 18'.
Thanks for your help.