Hello again @SavorRVA!

You are right that you’ll mostly see self bailing as your option here. This is a good thing. While the design is not intended to let water in the boat, it does provide easy access for the water to escape versus you having to manually bail out water. 

Your question in terms of durability is not easily answered. All of your options presented boast incredible durability. Advanced Elements goes as far as to talk about their 3 layer technology and how puncture resistant it is. I will say that the boats do vary in weight, which sometimes can speak to the overall rigidity and heaviness of materials used. But this is not to say that a lighter boat is going to fail you. Sorry that I can’t get any more specific than that. 

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