What features do you think should be included in the "perfect" catfishing boat? Forget cost for a minute and dream! I primarily drift fish in large reservoirs and occasionally fish in river current. While I'd like to be able to comfortably fish for any species, I've come to the conclusion that a "do it all" boat really doesn't do *anything* well. So here's the list I've come with for the perfect catfish-only boat -- A lot of this list is based on what I observed when fishing with a guide a few weeks ago and the rest is based on the things that irritate me when fishing in my current boat: Large, lighted, aerated livewell - at least 50 gallons and 48" long. With hatches big enough to get a large catfish in and out of without struggling. All-weather capable - the main deck (or at least most of it) should be fully enclosable and shaded for fishing in the heat of summer, in the wind, rain and freezing weather. Probably implies a dual console with full windshield and a full canvas top with removable side curtains. A built-in catalytic heater for the enclosed fishing area. Keep you toasty warm on a 25 degree January day when the big blues are biting. Big enough for 3 to 4 adult-size humans to fish without being on top of each other. 20 to 22 ft seems just about ideal, depending on the shape and beam of the boat. Able to fish from the rear of the boat without having to climb over a raised fishing deck. Important when anchoring in a current or drifting from the rear of the boat. A comfortable place to sit while waiting for a bite - close enough to the rods that you can get to them easily, without having to scramble over or around anything (raised deck, center console in the way, whatever). Swiveling captains chairs fit the bill perfectly. Room for (or a built in) baitwell. Room to throw a cast net without banging in to stuff on the deck, probably from the bow. Plenty of flat surfaces for mounting rod holders at the rear and front of the boat. Sometimes you want to drift with the bow into the wind and sometimes with the stern into the wind, so rod holders need to be at both ends. Low-intensity interior lighting so you can see the deck while night fishing. Fiberglass or aluminum decking -- no carpet, nowhere. Whoever decided to carpet the inside of a fishing boat should have been shot. Built-in bait cutting station with a hose for cleaning up. Space to mount large-screen sonar and GPS displays Tiller-handle trolling motor on the bow - no need for a fancy autopilot or even foot-controlled motor; it'll only get used in "forced drifting" when there's no wind and while looking for bait. Lots of nooks and crannys for storing small stuff that you bring onboard Storage for one or more large drift socks Built-in rod locker with capacity for at least 8 large 8' rods Built-in swiveling spot light for finding your way home in the dark What else would you add to the list? Or what would you change? And finally, does anyone know of a boat that fits this list of requirements? I know of a couple that are pretty close, but they all have one or two "deal breaker" issues. I'm sure everybody has different requirements and the kind of fishing you do makes a big difference in what you need, as well as the kind of weather you fish in -- if you don't fish in cold weather, you probably don't care if the boat can be enclosed and heated.