I am wanting to upgrade my current rig. It's a 1448 Alumacraft that is just fine for a lot of situations but the stretch of river I fish now is a litttle wider, swifter and windier, not to mention my wife and son are getting into it more. I am wanting a mod-v 1756 (not sure which brand yet). I have a 25hp Yahama on my current rig - it's a very strong, well maintained motor. I don't want to go in debt so I though about buying the boat, then saving for a year or so and then getting the motor (most in that class are rated for up to 50 hp). Oh, I will keep it a tiller drive, to save room. My question is: Will my little 25 hp be OK for a while on the larger boat. I know it won't be anywhere near as fast but I figured it like this - the difference in hull weight is about 250 lbs which is like adding a third person. I don't really care how fast I get there, but I'd like for the boat to at least plane out. What do you think. Anyone here running a 17-footer with a 20-30 hp motor?