OK smart guys... the 13 whaler whatever its called... same boat they have been building for 40 years... you know what I'm talking about. I would have said the 17 but it is out of his price range. That is truly one of the greats. I have been in some nasty weather in both the 13 and the 17 and have nothing but good things to say about them. Probably 300+ days over the past 5 years coaching sailing out of whalers and small inflatables. Family had 13s and 17s. The 13 is a bit low for freeboard and the older ones don't have the deep vee so they're a bit more uncomfortable in big waves and fairly damp but they are stable as all heck. The 17 simply rocks. Not protected at all, but a good flyfishing boat. Lots of open space and they hold their value like gold. If you could, I'd spend the extra dough and shoot for the 17 and just do it once.