Posted by: pblanc on Oct-23-12 11:21 AM (EST)
I have paddled an Argosy some. Not my favorite boat, but it would probably suit your purposes pretty well. I haven't paddled a Wilderness at all, but I'm pretty certain I would go with the Argosy if it came down to a choice between those two.
I do agree with those who feel that the review of the Argosy you posted is pretty much BS and should be disregarded.
Wenonah's proprietary Tuff-Weave layup is fiberglass and polyester cloth. It is quite tough but not as light as their aramid boats. Most people who have owned Wenonah Tuff-Weave boats have been quite satisfied with them.
I don't share Charlie's aversion to Royalex but I agree that for tripping in the BWCWA or ADKs a composite boat would be preferable for the weight savings. I don't think that the weight of a Royalex Yellowstone solo (or Wildfire) would be that onerous and I would certainly consider one if it came your way.
In addition to the boats mentioned, I would be on the lookout for a Bell Merlin II or Hemlock Peregrine if one appeared. I bought a very nice Merlin II in white gold layup for $900 a few years back.