I am from Washington State and it is interesting to see the kind of boats the rest of the country uses. Up here in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and N. California, we use heavy welded aluminum boats with names like Duckworth, Alumaweld, North River, Hewescraft, Weldcraft, Thunderjet, etc. We probably have wilder, rougher, rivers here. Lots of white-water. Big rocks and shallow gravel riffles. These jet boats can run in 6 inches of water on plane. I have owned 3. We also use them for lake and saltwater fishing since most have at least a 14 degree deadrise. There are also deep-vee models from each of these companies that run props and they are probably the fastest growing segment of the sales for non-river fishing. Boaters like the lighter weight of the aluminum compared to fiberglass and they are easier to maintain.