Agree with Tommy…
– Last Updated: Mar-30-05 9:48 AM EST –
I agree with Tommy on the Mohawk Odyssey 14, Mad River Guide, and Bell Wildfire. Not only do I agree with him, but am proud to say I own & paddle all 3. Your proposed usage is just how I use those boats. All are suitable for day floats, or multiple overnights. All can handle class 1 & 2 easily; with a good paddler on board & proper flotation, you should be able to do some low level class 3. Any class 3 water I paddle is done in my Mohawk Probe 12, a dedicated whitewater boat. In my opinion, of the 3 I have experience with, the Mad River Guide tops the list for "all round" boat.
I would love to own a Swift Osprey, but would never buy one I didn't have sitting in front of me, and a trip to New York is not high on my list of fun things to do this Spring.
Another boat you might check out is the Mohawk Solo 14.
P.S. Check out product reviews for additonal input from people who actually own & paddle the boats mentioned. When I read product reviews; I typically take all perfect boat 10s with a grain of salt, and ignore the lowest score given, especially if the words "boat is too tippy" are present.