Bought one just last year. (16 footer) Hardly have enough hours on it to call it broke in. It's equipped with a 18 hp Nissan and a mud buddy blind. Wanted to use it on Mosquito but with the water levels down, had to cut back last year. Great boat though, very stable and the layout with two gun boxes is excellent. Couldn't ask for a better arrangement. Ton of room for decoys, my son and I, and the dog. Hull is thicker metal than most so that's a plus in late season skim ice. Like any modified V, if the waves get near 2 ft it's a ROUGH and WET ride unless you go real slow! Thats where it will be lacking compared to a Deep-V. Metal foor is hard on the dog so I added carpeting for traction. Hope this help out some. ShellCounter
Mack,<br> I don't have anything to judge actual speed, but I would guess 20mph with two people and a dog. Main reason I selected the 18 is it's a 4 stroke and light weight ( 118 lbs ) and I can remove it easy for all electric lakes like Ladue. A 25hp would be a much better choice if you run 3 hunters or longer hauls. The 16 foot is rated for 40 hp, not a bad idea. Do hate the fact the here in NE Ohio it seems every lake has a different hp max.<br> As far as picking a length, I would stay away from the 15 foot as it has only a 15" transom vs a 21" on the 16 foot. 15" is way to shallow for me if you have any weight in the boat or much wind! If you run only small lakes and stay home on windy days OK but mod-V's are rough in waves and a small one really bad!! Hope this helps ShellCounter<br>
<P>Thanks for the input. I think I was reading in wildfowl maybe that for the 05 they wisened up and changed the transom height on the 15 as well. I was leaning towards the 16 anyway but thereis a considerable price difference.</P>
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