Originally Posted by rafterman
So, it kind of goes back to what another poster asked you; what are you going to do with it? My recommendations are:
surfing and playing: Ocelot
class V: 14' WD
week long trips: Jag
somewhere in the middle...14' Lion
I don't agree with the week long trip recommendation. I use my 12.5' Sotar Legend on week long trips, and know a lot of people that use their 14' WD too. Granted these are not pig-loaded raft trips, but there is plenty of steak and drinks for all.
If you want to go Aire, I would say:
Surfing and playing and week long trips and Class V: 14' WD
Passenger or heavily loaded week long trips, or 1 person Grand Canyon: Jag
Somewhere in the middle: Ocelot
Grand Canyon massive gear boat: Lion
I'm not sure where the Leopard fits in, I've never seen one or known anyone to boat one so sorry if I miss it in the lineup.
But I am not an Aire boater, this is based on what I see many friends running.