I row a 16' mid side hyde. As far as how it rows, no complantes at all. very responsvie. Never been in a wooden boat. so I can't compare.
How ever, to answer you qustion about low water on the tail waters. speaking for the Clinch cause that's all I have floated or rowed. Everytime I go down it on low water there's always some of the boat that gets left on a rock somewhere. If not at peach orchard then coldwater farms area gets a little shakey. Dose it hurt the things, ewwww I duno other then a scratch on the bottom. So if you are affraid of scratching one then float it on one gen. and stick to wadeing on no flows.