Got tired of the tiller steer and underpowered boat!! It was a lot of fun, but once you had a good amount of gear I didn't have the power I wanted to move forward. That and got tired of trying to dodge rocks with my "passenger" sitting up in front of me. So I got this heavy duty .190 gauged bottom beast. The underside is covered in UHMW plastic so I can glide over rocks if need be.
Tbspoon, I like the stick steering setup. No console to get in the way, weight up front, and best of all, you can SEE ahead to avoid imminent destruction. I got so tired of the tiller arm and not being able to see ahead, going 20mph up these rocky, shallow rivers. Hit a couple of rocks and about jerked my arm off!!
This is my first 4 stroke, and boy does she idle purty!!
The mercury is a 2007 60 hp 4 stroke. You lose about 30% of your horsepower with a jet lower unit, so they call this a 60/40. Basically it will run like a 40hp prop motor, except in 6" of water
Lots of guys like the hole shot of the 2 strokes, but I can hop up on plane in a boat length with this engine. I spend a lot of time idling around in the shallows looking for holes and sight fishing so I like the 4 stroke. So quiet and easy to start.
I just took the trolling motor and 2 batteries out of the bow to get rid of added weight. Likely if I want to troll I will just use the gas motor also.