13 or 14 Foot for the Poudre?
I'm about to buy an RMR raft and having trouble deciding on length. I am strongly leaning towards 14', but can anyone convince me to go with 13' instead?
The Poudre is my home river, and I will be mostly looking to row it with frame and oars, but I will also do a fair amount of r2, r3, and some larger group paddle trips. However, I will also be doing many overnight and multi-day trips for up to about a week on the western rivers.
14' always seems to be the go-to length for versatility, and it seems the extra foot versus the 13' makes a huge difference for gear-hauling without giving up much in maneuverability. But would the 14' be a little too wide for the Poudre, especially with an oar setup? And would the extra length and weight be a big issue for r2 and r3 (the RMR 14' is a whopping 158 lbs, and over 20 lbs more than the 13', width on 14' is 7'1" vs. 6'3" on the 13")? I like that the 14' had an extra inch of tube diameter.
Thoughts or reflections from experience?