I paddle mostly in Texas and Arrkansas. We also paddle a yearly long trip. Our rivers are alomost always low water shallow rock gardens with drops up to 4 feet.
I have been paddling a Mad River Legend 15 for years that I sometimes solo. It has worked for me but it is a pig in the flats and doesn't have enough capacity as a solo boat. I LOVE the way it turns though.
I want a big boat Royalex boat that can turn and carry two people and gear for a week. I'd prefer it wasn't too bad in the flats and can still take a drop.
I know it needs to be a durable jack of all trades. I'm looking at an Equif Cayone 16.5 or a Bell Alaskan.
Does anyone have experience with these boats or can they make a recommendation?