I'm considering purchasing my first boat. I'm leaning towards a Zodiac, Achilles type boat. I intend to use it to run around PWS, halibut offshore from Deep Creek type stuff. But also use it in the rivers if I can for local salmon trips. I realize motor selection will determine what type of work it can do. I like the Zodiac type boat from a safety standpoint and I know they are pretty reliable. I have a family of 4 so I'm looking at a larger one 16-18 ft range. I have never owned a boat and could use some advice.
Is this a good choice?
How large of a motor should I consider so I can do close in saltwater work?
Long shaft/short shaft/jet unit??? I assume long shaft would be better in salt? Jet for river work?
Are there many differences between the different brands? How about the Alaska boat/raft series. Are they worth the money?
Thanks for helping out a novice!! I appreciate your time.