I fished out of the bow of a 16 footer like that with my grandpa for my entire youth,... me, my younger brother, grandma and grandpa fished Lake Wappapello
in Missouri. All summer we begged to go fishing ever weekend, and holiday. I think I remember every trip.
He had a 10 hp Sea King, and a transom trolling motor,..we carried the boat on top of a station wagon, strapped to a luggage rack.
I loved every minute. I can still remember him saying,.."if you boys dont be quiet, I'm gonna make you swim back to the cabin"
I hope you enjoy your new boat,..!!