Been lurking quite a while but this is my first real post.
I sold my Clackacraft drift boat last winter and am in the process of replacing it with a raft. I've spent the last couple months doing research including going through many of the relevant posts on this board.
I recently saw that Aire added the 126DD to their line-up. It would be great to hear thoughts from more experienced folks on it's applicability to fishing especially relative to the 130E and SP. I was more or less set on the 130E from Aire as a little wider than the SP. The 126DD seems to fit the same profile but without the pointy nose and square bow which might add a little more room.
I'm also considering if I wanted to increase the budget into the Sotar Strike/SL or Maravia/StreamTech GreenDrake range.
My use is primarily for steelhead and salmon fishing in the PNW, mostly the Olympic Peninsula rivers around Forks (Sol Duc, Bogachiel, Calawah, Hoh) plus the Puget Sound "S-rivers" and odd trips to the Yakima, Klickitat, etc. The water is mainly flat interspersed with some II-III rapids often at really low boney levels. Usually fishing with 1 other person and a dog, often just me and the dog. Day trips only, overnight would be pretty rare. Portages around river-wide sweepers are not uncommon at all so I need to be able to drag the raft a ways (so looking at sealed floor Aires). Often drop the boat off the side of the road. The raft will live inflated on a trailer. Upstream wind close the Pacific can be a pain at times.
Thanks in advance for your perspective. Photograph of the quarry below!