Reality finally hit me and I traded in my car on a new Ford Ranger 4X4 with the towing package! I love this truck. Now it is time to look for a boat. This will be my first boat and it does not have to be anything special. I am looking for a basic boat, I'm guessing I will look at a Jon boat but I am open to other things if they will work. I will probably use it in the Ohio the majority of the time since the Cincinnati public boat launch is less than 15 minutes from my house. I also plan to take it up to Ceaser's Creek, Paint Creek, East Fork etc. The boat will be used for catfishing 90% of the time with a few crappie or bass trips on occasion. I have a few questions if anyone could help out. What is the minimum motor I need for use on the Ohio River near Cincinnati? I am assuming I will need a V haul for the Ohio. What is the minimum length Jon boat you would feel comfortable in out in the Ohio?