I have a older excel 1554 with a nissan 40hp and love it. Just whatever you get get a quality all welded boat. Don't waste your money on a riveted hull you will end wanting and getting a welded one in the end. It's money well spent ahead to get a good all welded boat. If you don't really abuse the hull running it into stumps, trees, shore, and big waves one of regular welded hulls like a g3, tracker grizzly, or lowe roughneck will be fine. There are ton of other companies go with whoever makes a hull in the size and layout you want. If you plan on abusing it more so and are rough on a boat go with one of the mudmotor manufacturer boats that are made with a .125" thick hull they are much tougher than the typical welded hulls from big manufacturers that use .100" thick hulls. Phowler, excel, prodrive, gatortail, beavertail, gatortrax and I'm sure there are some I'm leaving off they all make good boats. Don't know if anyone on here has any experience with them but I was looking last night at boats and came across alumaweld boats. A lot of their boats are made with a .160" bottom seems like that would make for a tough boat. They are meant to be more of a fishing boat, but they look really nice and could make good hunting boats. Their free drift model or sport skiff looked like it would make a great hunting boat if it could be had in olive drab or brown. lot of their boats are meant for big tillers and have open floors. I'd like to see one in person I guess they are bigger in the northwest guys run them with jet drives.
Red neck engineering- If ya can't fix it with duck tape, bailing wire, zip ties, and JB weld well than it can't be fixed.
If it moves and it aint suppose to duck tape it. If doesn't move and its suppose to put WD-40 on it.