Im shopping for a boat, dont got much cash but have a few options. What I want to do is mostly catfish, with possibly some trolling for trout in the right season. I also would like to have something to take the family of four, two kids with the wife and me out to the lake to swim and hang out on occasion if possible. I fish only lakes, like hensley, millerton, san louis, eastman and such for those familiar with the area. These are man made reserviors mostly, nothing huge and would have some ski boat action at times. Now, I looked at modified v jon boats, which are about 5k new with motor and decided its above my budget new but may consider a used one. Currently IVe found two bass boats, a bass tracker with a 50 horse merc mid 80's and a bayliner trophy fish with a 75 horse force motor mid 80s also. BOth are from reputable sellers in the area for around the 2k price. It seems to be a crapshoot as I cant tell for sure how much use and or abuse any of these have seen as they are used. I guess thats just how it is. Ive owned a boat once which was more fixing than boating and really regretted my decision. Any input on the type of boat as I assume many guys in the BOC are looking for about what I am? What type is suggested, I usually fish with me and my son or maybe a buddy, possibly two. I dont know if a alum v boat like 14 or 16 foot used with a little tiller steer would be simpler and a good trade off as to maintanence to a bigger bass type boat with all the live well, more power, steering etc. Input is appreciated!!