The idea of two boats is not bad. The smaller ones can be had for not much money.
I have to tell you, took my brother out in my Bass Hunter EX thats the 9.5 foot model and it was sketchy.
I am 230# he is #210 with gear and the motor etc. It was really sitting low.
Even small waves were just a hair from swamping us. For the record we were over loaded per the coast guard plate lol.
Get two boats. Thats what I think.
And for the love of god no jon boat styles. Very tippy indeed. I mean they are fine if you dont want to stand at all.