Excuse me while I ramble, but I am looking for advice from folks who may have been in my shoes already. Looking for any and all advice/thoughts/experiences. Thanks.
We primarily fish the Kenai and want to get something that will keep the weather off of the babies in August and September, but still have decent performance with 3 maybe 4 adults when we find a baby sitter. We have always run open jon boats, but are know looking for something with a windshield and cover. I have spent the last several months looking at lots of boats and hoping to buy something this fall so we will be ready to go next summer.
What are your thoughts on a 18' or there abouts, with a 50 horse prop, and with windshield? Hull weight seems to be a good indicator of performance, but hull design must be important also. I think I would prefer a flat bottom, but are the semi v's more efficient? Do wider boats perform better with smaller motors? How about high thrust motors? What am I over looking?
What do you use or have ridden in and thought was a good set up?
We are looking at new and used, but just having a tough time making a decision. It seems most of these boats are rated for more than 50 hp and we are concerned we will be under powered.