1542 is perfect for timber, i have a 1654 and sometimes wish it was a 48... you'll be surprised sometimes how much of a difference 6" and a can foot make. Big water I would suggest a 48 for stability. With 3 people standing up and shooting out of a 42 in open water, it can get a little unbalanced.
"Thomas Jefferson said I had a God-given right to pursue happiness. What makes me happy is to take a mallard's head smooth off at about 20 feet.
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