Alright guys - I finally have received my wife's permission to go boat hunting :big_smile: My question is this: what type of boat would you recommend? Keep in mind that I have never owned a boat and I have very little experience fishing out of a boat. I do not need or want anything high performance, probably a 25 horsepower motor and a 9.9 for smaller lakes. I definitely want an aluminum boat, but I'm not sure if a flatbottom, semi - V, or V bottom would be most appropriate (my wife also mentioned a preference for a pontoon). I realize that there are pros and cons of each, but I want to buy something that will perform well in almost all conditions. I will be fishing the Kaskaskia River, Baldwin, Carlyle (north of the trestle), and Washington County Lake in Nashville. I would also make trips to local strip pits, Rend, Crab Orchard, and Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee. My budget tops out at $5,000. Any and all suggestions appreciated. Thanks!