Kinda why I continue to think of various popup tent solutions with walls for caterings and for festivals, and recognizing I need proper ventilation, and to have a vestibule or one wall open to prevent carbon monoxide. I know that the mechanism to open it up will likely fail in sand, and I need to stake the hell out of it. 10'x20' Waterproof Pop Up Canopy Tent with Sides – The Display OutletWall tent, no question. Walls let you push the stove, kitchen, cots, etc up against the wall and be able to walk/stand in the middle.
Canvas wall tents are the best because they breathe. Canvas wall tents would be the worst for river trips since they'd suck up water like a sponge. If you coat them so they don't saturate, then they don't breathe..so may as well go nylon wall tent.
Something like this would seem to strike a balance between packability, ease of setup, room, etc: