I have been researching lightweight marsh boats since I used a 12' aquapod for the first time this past season in North Dakota. I am looking for a stable craft that will haul my dad and myself, a dog, and decoys. It must be light enough for me to load on top of a Ford Excursion and haul out to potholes by myself as my dad is getting up there in years and it not much help. It would be used mostly on potholes in ND, SD, and marshes in Iowa. My main marsh has rip rap around the edge I usually hunt but there is boat ramp to use there. The rest would be carrying the boat in up to 1/4 mile or so and putting it on cattail choked sloughs and potholes. Any big water would be near the the shore or in a bay or backwater mostly. Using the search function I have found many options, but some are no longer in business. I am looking for names of companies that I may have overlooked. I am looking for 500 lb capacity minimum, must be stable enough for my dad to hunt out of with a dog in (I usually stand in the water if possible), no more than 70 lbs, and paddle up to 1 mile at most (probably will not use a motor). Cheaper is better, but am willing to spend up to $1500 to $2000 if it is the right boat for me. May also get a sled to float the decoys behind to save space in the boat. Would also prefer as short as possible for the top of the truck. I have researched: Aquapod - I like these, but they are expensive and the weight rating is at the bare minimum. Cockpit would be tight and they are the great at paddling the one time I used one to get some downed ducks. Hellbender - fits most of my needs, 12' holds 550 lbs and weighs 70. Still waiting on the builder to email me back after my first email and phone call 5 weeks ago. Top two choices so far are Hoefgen and a meyers sportspal canoe around 13' long. I like the Hoefgen, but I am not sold on the 15' length if I can find shorter and the lighter kevlar is $2000. I like the sportspal with 600 plus lb capacities, but I am not sure if the hoefgen would be more stable? I am also not sure about the longevity of the foam inside and out with dogs and pushing through heavy cover. Any info about these boats or another company would be appreciated.