I live in AL and run small rivers that are rocky(bad rocks attached to bottom, not free-stone type stuff) and am looking into getting jet setup. I'm not running big water, just REAL skinny stuff. Mostly want to use the boat to access water for wade fishing but would like to be able to paddle/ trolling motor the boat a little to fish a few deeper rivers. I will typically be carrying only one other person and myself and we are under 200lbs each. I also would like the boat to be as light as possible so that I could have the option to drag up shoals small distances.
I've done alot of looking and appears that I would not want a boat any smaller than a 1648 or motor smaller than 60/40 merc. Does that sound right to you guys? I'd love to get smaller but sounds like when you consider everything a 16 footer with at least this HP is just better all around. Big question now is riveted or welded boat. I like the price and lighter weight of riveted boat but do you guys think I would destroy much quicker than welded? Could you put something like Duraslick UHMW on bottom of riveted boat to increase lifespan and does anyone have experience with that stuff? Also, would you guys recommend tiller steering or remote for tight small rivers? Basically just want cheapest option that will work but don't want to waste money on total junk in the process. Thanks in advance for any insight.