Posted by: steve_in_idaho on Nov-04-12 12:27 PM (EST)
I had one. It would be suitable for your needs, but not much different from the OT 14' Osprey - unless you find one in one of the lighter composite lay-ups. I see kevlar versions on the used market occasionally, and would consider it a very good option.
The biggest drawback to the fisherman is that it's width makes it a little difficult to pick up and shoulder for carrying, for it's weight. Wenonah's Heron is a foot longer and a few inches narrower. It will be just as easy to paddle, faster on the water, and because it weighs the same as the Fisherman in the same lay-ups, just a little easier to lift onto shoulders. It won't turn as easy and is a little shallower, so river work will require a little more skill - but it should work better on lakes. At any rate, either will work on easier class 2 with appropriate skill.
The Fisherman does seem to be a lot more common on the used market though.
Another top contender, IMO, would be the Clipper 14' Prospector. you might also consider the Mad River Freedom solo - but it might take some getting used to if you aren't already comfortable in a "lively" solo hull.
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