OK, so some of you know already, I sold my Great Lakes battle ax of a boat (an 18ft Lund Deep V) in favor of something more appropriate for my new home here in Missouri. I purchased a 14ft 48" wide Alweld Jon boat. My rationale on this choice was that it was the biggest boat that I could pick up and get into the back of my truck. That is right--no more trailors. I wanted a boat that I could slip into some of our smaller rivers and backwaters, yet still big enough that I could bring it onto the big rivers when the itch strikes me. I think I have that in my new 1448. It just barely squeezes into the back of my truck width wise but is wide enough to be a pretty stable platform for my big clumsy frame. So what next? I'm interested in hearing how members think I should fit my boat out for optimal fishing in our area. Obviously I'm gonna need something to power it. Again size matters here since I'm gonna be lugging it around. Right now I have my eye on a 9.9 hp Mercury 2-stroke what are your thoughts? What else? Anchoring gear, rod holders, lights, spray in bed liner....lets here your thoughts. My goal is to keep this boat as clutter free as possible yet have all of the essentials to tackle most all of our local waters.