When I was buying all I cared about was volume. I wanted to get on the Ocoee so bad and felt like a higher volume boat would be the secret. In fact, I initially shopped to find the highest volume boat I could find. One demo in the Villian showed me that volume wasn't everything. I lowered my volume demands and got the Diesel 80 which is still a high volume boat. After paddling it on the Ocoee for a while I found that I could have easily paddled the Diesel 70.
Remember a boat displaces the amount of water equal to the weight of the boat, gear and person. A gallon of water weighs 8.33 pounds. So, a 56 gallon boat will float 466.5 pounds. A 64 gallon boat will float 533 pounds. At 250 pounds you have over 200 pounds of extra float in the 56 and 280 in the 64. So both offer plenty of float. Contrary to some's beliefs, airbags do not make a difference. :)
Demo if you can.
Paddler's Truck Rack
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