Tested the boat out had to see how it floats.
Still have a few things to finish up on it.
The boat floated perfect and might only draft about 6" give or take with a light load, pretty good far a V-Hull
Used the 3.5 HP and it was easy to get to displacement speed but the river is running slow.
I ended up plugging the motor up and blocking the intake with weeds, this caused the water pump impeller to melt. $45.00 in parts to fix, not the first time.
I was planning on a 20 HP short shaft after finding out that the 25 HP jet was 16 weeks from the factory to get.
Now with the problem with the weeds I was rethinking what might be best for this boat.
I need to handle the river during the winter to get to where I want to go but I want to go where others wont or cant go, maybe a surface drive like a copperhead or maybe a smaller motor and forget about planning speed.
Might have to sell one The closer to finishing I get the more I am thinking about the next one