Hi all--here's my story: i would like to boat on class 3 rivers, narrow and/or wider, more volume, pool drop or creeks for up to a month at a time with my boyfriend/friend. I used to guide on class 3 rivs. in rafts and have i hardshell kayaked on 4's, but i get scared in hard shells.
so now i want a boat that i can challenge myself on, but still choose to do mellow rivers on and MAYBE moose hunt (although--IK's don't hold much weight). i am in alaska which requires lots of fly in access points and i am thinking of tripping to costa rica with the boat.
I am looking at the Maverick II, Bandit II, Lynx II, Super Lynx, Tom Cat tandem, and Strike II. (basically the tandem IK's in the NRS catalogue).
They all seem similiar to me with slight difference in the amount that they weigh (24#, 39#-48#), the size of the rocker (9.25"-18"), the length of the IK (12'5"-14"), the width is VERY similiar, and the Fabric is either Hypalon, Urethane coated nylon or PVC with Urethane bladder. The prices vary quite a bit: $649-$1400.
What can you tell me about usability of the boats: how easy is it to attach gear, adjust seats, push through holes. Do any of the boats track better or maneuver easier. preferences between AIRE, Tributary and NRS boats--why?
ANYTHING you can tell me about why one boat is better than another would be helpful!
THANKS SO MUCH FOR ANY AND ALL INFO you can impart!