I am looking for advice regarding recommended open console aluminum hull boat in the 18-22' range. Intended use would be primarily as a salmon fishing platform for 2-3 people using downriggers, plus putting/pulling prawn pots etc. I also need the ability to transport up to 7 additional people (3 adults an 4 kids) for short day trips in fair weather. I would be using the boat in Southeast Alaska, Queen Charlottes and coastal BC primarily in the spring, summer and fall. The boat will need to be trailer stored and launched from rough raw beach and be tough enough to be beached when dropping people off in no wharf situations.
There are some excellent west coast custom welded aluminum boat builders (Pacific, Eagle Craft/Daigle, LifeTimer and more) but Aluminum and labor costs are up and even a no-frills run-about is looking pretty pricey. Can't find mush suitable on second hand market but know they must be out there.
I was thinking single 150hp 4 stroke and open console to keep the deck as open and multi use as possible. Any other suggestions for the intended use and southeast/BC waters?