I have a 1970's alumaweld 21' flat bottom that my father bought when he first moved up here 30 odd years ago. Just repowered it a few years back with a yammy 150/105 4 stroke. Boat is showing its age and I have started to try and find a replacement.
As is, it is a little over 2k lbs as it sits and takes awhile to get on plane, 4 or 5 seconds. But when on plane it runs up to 39 and gets around 3.5 mpg, and has no problem skipping over gravel bars and such.
My aim is to run shallow and carry at least a couple hundred pounds of gear and a couple guys. Is the alaskan 2 18' 6" really worth getting over the alaskan? I talked with the boat shop and they said I could custom order a thicker bottom to match the 1/5" on the alumaweld. How does the performance differ from the 17' and the 18' 6''? Can I fit a atv in either with the walkthrough windshield?