I have a 214 XTS SB. I have a 150 V MAX on it. I really like it so far. The boat is built well, and I really don't have too many complaints. There is no wood, the doors on the rod boxes are well built with good hardware, fit and finish is pretty good, and I like the seating arrangement of it. As far as performance, I am satisfied. It will run just shy of 50 MPH with full fuel, full livewells, gear and 600 pounds of people. It planes out quick, and rides real well. Last week we got into some 2-3' rollers, and it handled them very well and pretty dry also. I eased past several bass boats that were getting a pounding, and I sure don't miss my old Champion when it comes to that. The wiring in it could be a little neater, and the back seats could have a little more cushion to them. I looked at darn near every brand I could find, and went with the NS. I would urge your friend to get bigger than an 18' if possible. I fish with my son and occasionally a friend or two, and would hate to have any less room. Hope this helps.
I did see a very very clean Red/White 1810 parked at Kens Appliance in Bridgeport a couple weeks back for 18K. It had a 90 HP Honda. It may be gone, I don't know.