Sorry, I work for Ford Motor. And I dissagree...sort of. You are right about each boat having its' niche. My point was just that. If you buy a clack or a hyde you will be unhappy when you want to do a four day trip with you wife on the Deschutes or the Rogue. You will be happy if you want to float the rivers in SW Washington, or the Yak, Lower Sky, Ect. You mentioned before that you used to guide whitewater. You know that the MacKenzie drifter was built for whitewater rivers, clacks and hydes are not. That's all I was saying. I know some will flame me for saying so but less rake and low sides is great for casting out of, get in and out of, ect, and a misshap waiting to happen in big water.