It looks like it may be time to give up my Ches 17. I am getting to the point where I can't get out of it after a couple of hours.
I am looking for something with a very open cockpit which leads me to the Mill Creek 13 or the Sea Island Sport. I can drop in speed as my wife uses a solo canoe so I am not going anywhere near hull speed in the 17' boat.
Our use is usually either river or one of the small finger lakes. If there is over about 6" of chop we don't go out. Primary stability is important so I can get in and out with my back. I would like to keep the weight down as much as possible for ease of loading on the truck racks.
Cargo space is not all that important.