Originally Posted by OregonPaddler
Ill be rowing say a good 80% of the time, either solo or with one passenger on multiday Fishing trips down the john day and deschutes & other rivers here in oregon + montana. Class 3-4's. On seldom occasions, ill have two passengers on the raft, but mostly solo & one passenger trips . And on occasion would like to do some paddle rafting (class 3-4's) with three to five people + myself
You have exactly described what I do with my Super Duper Puma. I live in Oregon as well and run all the same rivers you are probably looking with 1 passeger mostly on multiday and occasionally 2 passengers, with some day paddling: NF John Day, Mainstem John day, Lower Owyhee, Grande Ronde, Deschutes, Rogue for multiday (plus out of state stuff) and primarily McKenzie and NF Umpqua paddle rafting.
The other thing to keep in mind, if it really will be you plus 1 more person most of the time, the SDP is a hell of a lot lighter to pick up and move around with 2 people than either the 14D or 14R, and forget moving it round your self if you are a normal sized humanbeing. I can pick the SDP up my self and throw it in the truck and move around the yard when cleaning etc. Can't do that with a bigger boat.
There is 1 draw back for multiday with the SDP, to maximize space you will have to custom make a dry box to your specifications and hunting down a good cooler that exactly fits and maximizes cooler space. The old style Yeti 80 quart was the biggest/best that would fit the width of the SDP. Not sure what best cooler fits that width now.
NF John Day self support 1 passenger + dog:
Owyhee self support 1 passenger + dog:
Grande Ronde self support 1 passenger + dog:
Lower Salmon River self support 2 passengers +dog:
Lower Owyhee River self support 1 passenger + dog: