I'm looking for information before I purchase my first boat. The boat will be used in the Juneau area, mostly for fishing for me and my wife. We obviously will have company and friends on the boat. I've been looking at 3 boats in particular: mid 1990s Parker 2310 SC with 2005 Yamaha 250, 2006 22 ft North River Sea Hawk wi 250 HP Yamaha, and 2008 Hewes Craft 22 ft Ocean Pro w/ Yamaha 250. I've been researching the pros and cons of aluminum vs fiberglass but my question concerns the "off shore" bracket or extended transom. The two aluminum have an extended transom mount while the Parker does not. What is the benefit of the extended transom? How does it affect handling and stability? Is there any other major difference? Do any of you have any comments or first hand information on any of the boats I'm looking at? Thanks in advance.