I thought I would tap into all your experience with jet boats in rivers, haven't had much luck down hear in Idaho for smaller craft. I am after a smaller boat for fly fishing the South Fork of the Snake River hear in Eastern Idaho. I am kind of a boater without a home as I want a boat I can run up river but row down river. I bought a locally made boat "Rapid Craft Powerdrifter" that was advertised to be everything I wanted, not so. It has a 60HP 4-stroke Merc on it and won't hardly go upriver and rows like a pig. It is 14 ft 7 inches long and 54 inch wide bottom. It is listed to weigh 425 lbs but BS. I weighed the boat, motor and battery and they weigh 940lbs, way over what it should. Wonderful well built boat but it won't do what I am after.
Anyway, I am looking for a new boat and was thinking somthing like a Crestliner 1648 Jon and wondering what you all would suggest for motors. With my Merc on the old boat I could only do 14mph upriver which was WAY to slow to be reasonable. I would like to do at least 20mph upriver with 3 adults and some fishing gear.
Any suggestions on motors or boats??