Can't go wrong with a sturdy Grumman Aluminum! My 17' is heavy (70#?) but takes a beating just fine. They did make a stretched skin version that knocked off 20 pounds or so. Currently I have an old Sears model the I'm pretty sure is a Grumman re-branded. As a kid, we had a 17' Grumman that would take 2 large adults and one or two teenagers just fine. Very wide and stable. I usually use my current one alone, sitting backwards in the forward seat to make the bow not too high out of the water. Mostly use it for fishing.