New guy here-Found this site by accident last night while researching jon boats. I had to post 10 times in order to view pictures. I've spent so much time here that my eyes have had to rested several times today. I have very little experience with boats and could really use some advice. This will be a long post. I'm sure that some of my ?'s will be very, very stupid to most of you. Most web site discussions concentrate on bass boats, pleasure, ski, or something else besides a good fishing boat. I have settled on a Grizzly 2072 for several reasons. I want to fish the smaller rivers and streams here in central Kentucky, but mainly for central Florida. I recently retired and may spend more time in Florida (Relocate or Snowbird) and I'm sure that south Georgia and Alabama has lots of water that would suit me. Big water and bigger lakes are ok too, but I have no desire to be on the water on windy days. Most of my fishing is with live bait for bluegills,ect. and last spring I caught several channel cats while in Florida and I now understand what all the fuss is about. I want a stable boat that can be used in shallow water. About an hour from me is a Tracker dealer. Several people have told me that this dealer has excellent 'after the sale' customer service. This dealer also sells Mercury motors exclusively. I havn't been to the dealer yet, I would like to learn more about the choices I have so that I have some clue what will and will not work for me. So far the plain jane version is the most appealling to me over the 'loaded' models. Horse power-I have so many other issues that are more important-getting there fast is my last concern. Until I gain more experience, I doubt even if I will try to get fast enough to plane off. 40-50hp for first motor? If i buy the plain boat, can a Mercury motor set up for remote steering be used with a tiller (assuming that a side console could be added later)? Can the side console be located to the front for extra room? Steering cable problems? I would not want the factory livewell-prefer ice chests as I am a catch and eat type. Could a 'joy-stick' system steering be used-thus eliminating the need for a console? I really like this notion. For a plain jane boat my thinking is that I would floor it using sealed 2 x 14's or 2 x 12's. Is the floor level in this part of the deck or do i need to allow for a joint at the center? The reason for the 2 x is that I want to spread the point load of me over as many of the tranverse ribs as possible as I am a big, big guy at 495#. Now you know the root cause of my concerns. I need as much open area as possible in order to keep my center of gravity low as I move around the boat and the factory add on storage areas compound this problem. One last ? as this has gotten too long. For areas where gas engines are not allowed, most folks will use electric trolling motors. In addition, I would like to have oar locks installed, Rowing is not common these days but I would like to have the option. Could oar locks be welded on? I realize that aluminum would have to be used. Sorry for the long post - I really need to receive someback-and will be most appreciated-Fred.