I rowed one down the Yampa at 28,000 and it handled great, not quite as good as an Avon Pro, but still really, really good in big water. If choosing between a 14, 15 or 16 footer, I'd go with 16. I have a 14 foot Otter that I have abused the heck out of, and it has held up great. I can only imagine the extra rubber on the E-160 would be even more durable, and that it would last many years. I feel like the 14 is just a hair too small for what I like to do. Its certainly hard to beat the NRS boats for value for your money.