Born and raised on the salt water, but know next to nothing about river boats. Have always wanted one, and this week a hunting tag came our way that has me motivated to buy one. Looking new. The boat needs to be able to run the copper river for hunting and dipping reds. Like the idea of accessing Skilak lake and others for some black bear hunts. Not looking for something that will take extended trip up the Yukon, etc. Short run trips will be 95% of this boat's use. So far I've looked at the SJX boat that Compeaus sells, along with the Seaark boats at Deweys. Leaning toward an outboard/jet, but not married to it. Want something I can throw a 4 wheeler in.
Thoughts/recommendations on what to look for and what to stay away from? Outboard vs. Merc optimax inboard? Thanks in advance.