Raft. Stealth put-ins and take outs. Cross country fire road access at speed with the raft safe inside the car. Slide in and out of the raft at will when drifting - stop for a particular run, in/out easy... Dog too. Handles much more "rough" water... Access more runs. My 15 foot Avon Expedition doubles (with a frame swap) as a serious whitewater fun vehicle - drifting for steelhead one week, the next have the family and friends screaming on a Class IV run. QUIET as can be - the beauty of drifting rivers in my mind. Carry 3 buddies, a dog and all our gear on 7-day trips. Faster access with the boat inside the Suburbasaurus vs. trailering for multiple, multiple hours. Slide the raft down a 100' embankment and you're put-in and going... I love oars on a hard-shell drifter, but given the choice of one option... Hands down a RAFT!