For easier paths to the water....get one of the carriage-carriers for one end(2-wheel job), sorry can't think of the name of those things right at the moment.
The 15'6" boat looks better...might be heavy but the Guide is a heavy sucker. Spring Creek makes the best yokes imho...little aluminum bars connecting wide foam that rests on both shoulders = very, VERY comfortable for portaging a canoe of any weight.
Wabakimi Canoe Pack
Rescue / Throw Bags
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