Plan on using it in smaller lakes, and possibly in the river. During duck season it will most likely be hauling my 2 maybe 3 people at most, and the dog w/ a limited amount of gear...2 or 3 dozen dekes are gonna be the biggest piece of gear, but I am sure the little stuff adds up to. A good selling point to keep the wife happy would be if the boat could accommodate the family...2 adults, and 2 boys 7, and 16 months (it will be awhile before he gets out in it though) When the family is in it I was thinking it would be a good avenue to get to some of the off the path sandbars to enjoy.
Up in Batesville they had a few real nice 1544 excels set up, but I didnt know if the price was that great, or not. Looks like they wanted in the 8500 range although they were real nice boats. Is this pretty much the going price? I have looked all over the internet, and it looks like pricing is so variable, or it just isn't listed.