Well, I had it out again today. Took the boys and the dog to the sand bar above the dam. We had a little chop (8"-12") on the way there and the boat worked fine. Now mind you, our 2 boys are 7 and 9 and equal about 120lbs combined, and the dog is around 100lbs. I don't count me since I will always be in it. Now going up the river was no problem with the wind/chop. On the way home it was still losing 1/2 the waterou tof the tunnel going against the chop unless I kept the motor trimmed all the way down. So nex I will be adding a 75lb sand tube to each side 2/3rds of the way to the rear of the boat and one across the center right at the back of the deck and see how that does. Boat may just be too light at the moment. We shall see. I will say, for a flat bottom as long as you don't get crazy, it doesn't ride too bad. Being 18ft long helps I think. I believe with a hunting load in it and a good load prop on it, it will be just about spot on.. I hope..
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