I was looking at rafts for the last few weeks and have, for reasons beyond my control (wives...purse strings...) I am having to look into some possible alternatives. For above stated reasons, I am now looking at some IKs or mini-cats for Colorado that meet the following criteria.
-To be used mostly on the Rio Grande, Animas, Yampa, Colorado, and similar other rivers of Colorado, as well as still water all over the state.
-I will be going mostly solo, but would like the option of taking another person with, provided it still meant the IK/mini-cat was manageable when I am paddling solo. In all likelyhood, 75% of my trips will be solo (but with a group).
-The highest class I would "hit" would likely be III/IV, but only to get through to the fishing, not to "play" in.
-Primary focus would be fishing or just fun casual floats with friends. Again, I would go through some III/IV, but to get to a bit more causal water to float and fish.
-The longest float I would intend to do would be two days and two nights and that would be once in a blue moon
-I am a relative noob, as you have likely noticed but probably improper lingo and terminology up to this point
So, that is my basic framework. Budget is around $2000 fully outfitter and yes I am one of those people who generally buys his toys new. Am I better off getting a better solo IK/mini-cat or is there a hybrid that could do well as both a solo and with a fishing partner?
So, recommendations, or was there some detail I missed that would enable better feedback?
Thanks in advance all!