I had the chance to pick up my first riverboat. Its an older Valco 18', flat bottom, bit of a blunt nose, welded frames but its a riveted boat. Came with a older 135 Johnson with a jet. I'm currently working out if the powerplant is worth a darn or looking into new power. Boat was beat up enough that I'm fixing and reworking much of the boat.
I'm just on the fence on where to locate steering. I really like the look of the Wooldridge Alaskan, and like the idea of front steering and being able to add a cover to stay out of the rain for passengers and gear, and myself. Then a friend with more experience said he would keep it as a stand up center console for visability and weight distribution. For an outline on my personal experience, sure have been in the shotgun seat a lot up and down rivers, I don't have a ton of experience behind the wheel, at least on a river. Looking to change that next spring! Either way I go, still looking to add a canopy of some sort so my wife would be more comfortable joining me.
Anyway, would like to hear some thoughts either way. How it is, its pretty much a clean slate, I can build back either way.