This would be typical for 95% of my hunting. I have 3 other boats for fishing, and I can always toss a 25 on the back if I use this one for fishing as well. I mainly hunt the local marshes, which have just enough vegation to make life miserable with an outboard. To get where the birds are, 3-6" of water is normal. We used an 18' beavertail with a 36 GT last year to get into it with few problems. The only times we got hung up was going over floating bog, but everybody gets stuck on that. The reason I am asking for advice, is that there are literally no dealers up here for mud motors, and I would probably have to order one in. I have gone with friends who have them, but my experience is limited. There is water all around us , but this time of year it is 4' thick ice, so test drives are out. I did get some good experience in the beavertail 18' this year, and it was really impressive. We had 4 guys , a dog , a canoe, and all our gear in it and it still got up on plane and cruised at 18 mph. With three guys and gear, it went around 24 mph. (pic below) This boat also had pods on it and it didn't seem to affect performance with the surface drive. More confusion for myself.