I appreciate the input but I'm not really interested in investing a bunch of time into building/repairing anything, even with a significant cost savings. I'd rather have a warranty, be ready to use without a bunch of work and order exactly what I want from the factory. I'm not settling by doing that and my budget isn't holding me back. I set a budget to keep people from recommending something that is way more boat than I need, which is happening anyway. I honestly feel like a 16ft boat would be fine 90% of the time. I upped it to 18ft so I had a little extra room. I definitely don't need or want 20ft+ of hull to hide or store. Plus, I have a project boat (not a hunting boat) already and am not looking for a second one.