After waffling on deciding which kind of boat to get, I've got it narrowed down to the Wooldridge Alaskan or Alaskan XL between 17 and 20 feet. I was leaning towards a North River, T-jet style with a V-8 but decided since I will be doing a majority of my running alone, I need a boat that is lighter in case I do get it stuck and want to have any hope of unsticking it. The Wooldridge XL seems like the perfect boat for modest cargo hauling capability while still being fairly lightweight. Now I just have to decide if I should go with a sportjet design or go with one fitted with an outboard jet.
Are there any advantages of one design over another? If a sportjet is the best way to go, are certain models better than others? Are certain outboard manufacturers better than others if that is the better choice?