Originally Posted by oldjeda
So I've been looking into these boats and like what I see and the prices fit my budget plus or minus a few bucks so thanks again
. Can anyone help me chose a model/options? I'll be using this mostly for floating the Oldman, 2-3 people max with maybe some camping/fishing gear. I doubt I'll even mount a motor (possibly electric) or sail but it might make the odd trip to a local lake. Also I don't have a place to store it inflated. Size and style and floor type and seats and paddles and stuff like that are what I kind of need to know and as this is my first boat purchase, I'm lost
IMO 14ft boat would be good for you. Nice and comfortable for river floats with 2-3, room for some camping gear, etc
Floor type, I would go with a solid option instead of the inflatable, so wood/aluminum/fiberglass/plastic are all options I have seen. The reason for this is you dont have to worry about dropping things and it also gives the boat more stability for standing and moving around.
Seats - most boats come with plank seats that go across and attach to either tube, these are fine but I always find it more comfortable to sit on the tubes, you will want a seat that you can row from however.
I think most boats come with oars opposed to paddles, however for river running I go for one with oars, or if it doesnt come with oars, at least oarlocks so that you can buy aftermarket oars.
Baltic, Zebec, Zodiak, Saturn, Salter, Seamax, Aquamarine seem like all decent companies, just use google to find some that you like either online or find dealers near you so you can see the boats in person.