Hey Sinktip, what year is your Alumaweld? I miss mine. I had one as well. Loved that boat, and was excellent for any type of fishing I used it for. Cried the day I sold it (was a wife thing, should've gotten rid of the now exwife instead of the boat). Agree they don't make em like that anymore. You're right, I was gonna say that as well, go with the 16'. You won't complain having that extra length. One thing to remember if you do go aluminum. Either find someone (or can do yourself) to apply UHMW to the bottom, or make sure use coat it/gluvit on the bottom. Will help sliding over those rocks. You will encounter them, no matter how careful you are. Unless you're on non "glacial" rivers. But most of the Westside rivers are strewn with rocks. And after a flood, usually a rock or two in a spot they normally aren't. I'm very careful with my boats, but occasionally will run over a rock (not actually hit one on the side).