Originally Posted by spider
At 9000 I wish I had it on the lochsa. Maybe this year. The 18' is a joy to row when it's rigged for whitewater. Now I don't think it would make it through house rock but OP has a spider so he will be fine. It really does handle great most of the time, you have a 22' wingspan, that's a lot of leverage. Wind sucks though.
I took my 156R through the House Rock stretch and rubbed my spare pretty good, but I had 4 adults and 3 kids. Now I see why the guides run 13-14' paddle rigs!
To be fair, Sembob specifically asked for Grand boats. My previous answer was about all-around. Not having been on the Grand, I really can't say.