I'm in the market for my first boat - I'll be using it for running some of the valley rivers, running over too the Deshka, as well as up the Talkeetna river. It will be used for transporting me and a couple guys and some light gear - no moose.
The problem is I know little about boats, and through all my googling still haven't come up with solid answers to my two most basic questions:
Prop or jet?
Size of engine?
I'm sure I'll get about as many opinions as the 'what fly rod to use' question gets, but what are the pros/cons of prop vs Jet for what I want to do? As well as engine size?
I'm thinking something along the lines of a 16ft flat bottom river boat, with a 50 hp two-stroke outboard... Sound about right? (I'm looking strictly at used/older options to keep the price down.)
Thanks for any advice anyone can give!