Bonus time is almost here, I'm still trying to decide on a boat. I know I'm going about this backwards because I bought a motor & now I'm looking for a boat to go with it. I have a 2008 4 stroke Yamaha 20 hp short shaft. After listening to some advice I've decided that this motor will not power a boat big enough to take out on K-Bay & PWS so... That leaves me to getting a boat for the rivers & lakes.
I'm looking at an Alumacraft 1442 NCS Jon Boat.
Do you think this would work well for:
1-Running up the Kenai (Kings and Trout)?
2-Skilak and similar lakes (fishing, camping and hunting)?
3-Running up to semi remote locations on rivers from launches on the road system for Moose and Caribou hunting? Will a prop (vs. a jet pump) be a huge handicap for this?
Also, realize that I'm a boating novice and don't plan to take the thing waaay up really shallow challenging rivers; I just want to get farther away than I currently can on foot and maybe haul something back for the freezer.
Any input will be appreciated.