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I am new to this forum and SOAR canoes so I apologize up front for posting and asking questions which have probably been asked before, but you see I am in Afghanistan currently and internet isn't very quick to do a lot of searching. I am considering either a S14, 16 or Pro Pioneer. I will use it primarily with my wife and three children (3, 5, 13) so you have an idea of paddle power. Most use will be day use on calm waters, but would like the option of an extended trip and minimal whitewater if my older son and I wanted to go for a couple day trip. In addition to the wonderful things I've heard about SOAR I am also attracked to it due to its transportability as we are looking to get a truck camper and do some exploring so room is another factor (we'd require a large hardsided canoe or at least two kayaks which could become burdensome on a truck camper). While I tend to lean towards the Pro Pioneer I am concerned about manuverability when I am the lone paddler. Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks MGySgt Tim Gerdes USMC Helmand Province, Afghanistan
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Sgt. Gerdes -- here's my two cents. I have a 16 that I've used both as a solo boat with and without gear and as a multi-day boat for two people plus gear. It works very well in both situations. I can't tell from your message, but if you want a boat to carry all five of you at once, you definitely don't want the 14, and I'd go with the 16, which I think is longer than the Pioneer. Even then you won't have a lot of room to work with. The 16 works very well for two people, and is actually quite easy for one person to paddle. It's longer than the Pioneer but also lighter, which makes a difference for one person. But if you really do intend to haul 5 people at once, I think you need the longest boat regardless. I think you'll be happy with it for the other uses you mention too.
From pictures I've seen, Afghanistan looks like an interesting place to explore by water. Stay safe, and thanks for your service. Travis Trimble