Originally Posted by Porterdog
I have definitely considered the 156R. It looks like the great gear boat. With a new baby, a majority of the floating I will be doing for the foreseeable future will be day-floats/fishing and paddle rafting. Hopefully, we can get an overnight trip in here and there. I've got a set of 9' and 9.5'. I'll have to borrow a set of 10' before I pull the trigger.
If you're not likely to do multidays, the 156R will be big. You're welcome to check out mine, mine's rolled for the summer and about to go in storage, but I can wait if you want to see the size.
You can run 9.5' oars on a 156R
I would tend to agree that a 14' boat is a pretty good do-all length for NW MT. It will feel small on the Lochsa on a big day.
Glacier raft has a few deals, and some coming up next month:
(My 156R is a former Glacier boat)