Alright guys starting to look at buying a boat again. I am thinking of getting a belt driven surface drive. I’m thinking I would like something in the 17’-18’ range. Casting deck up front for my summer fishing. 95% of what I do is smaller lakes and rivers looking for big green so probably just a trolling motor and maybe a screen. Fishing is definitely secondary to its function as a hunting rig. My previous experience is all with a 1644 GD hull with a 23hp longtail. Mostly what I run for hunting would be rivers and river backwaters. So your typical river type stuff, shallow flats/sloughs, lots of wood, maneuverability for tight cuts, winding sections, and running thru the flood waters. Most hunting would be 1-3 guys, dog and gear. Not super concerned about speed. If I was I would get a outboard. I would probably look at attaching some sort of blind on it but not some big permanent monster. Questions: 1. Brand of Hull? Seems like there’s a million options. Recommendations on brands that are better equipped for a SD vs just the latest gimmicky fanboy hull. 2. Length to width ratio? Any advantage to this when it comes to draft or getting a boat to plane out? Thinking narrower would be easier to hide and get into tighter spots than getting a big 55”+ wide boat. 3. True flat front or V nose? Pros cons to either. V-nose was more forgiving when running tight stuff in the GD. Any other thoughts and opinions are welcome. I’m sure there’s plenty I’ve overlooked as I’m still a general newb when it comes to running a boat. My budgets pretty open. I held off buying for a couple years to get something I wanted. Probably still gonna look for used stock.