I ordered a Sportsman 227 Masters for myself this year. I wanted a boat that could fish the rough lake of Texoma, flats fish, bay fish, and run short runs offshore. I did a lot of research and had some suggestions from my wife (taller gunnels) to decide what I wanted. I got down to a Sea Hunt or Sportsman. I looked both boats over and like the layout, storage, and console better on the Sportsman. I then was debating between the Tournament series or the Master Series. I decided on the Masters as the the gunnels were taller but the boat did not draft much more.
I figured out what I would want on the boat to suit it for all the different styles of fishing that it would be doing. I wanted a T-Top for the shade (it gets hot offshore), Jackplate and low water pickup for flats fishing (went with 200SHO and Seastar jackplate), and a few other small things like Trim tabs, tackle storage, structure scan. I have put 40hrs on my boat since I picked it up on Sept 2nd and have been to Texoma, Ray Roberts, Lewisville, Rockport, and Gulf Shores. I am very pleased with the boat as I fished some spots down at the coast that most other boats were all shallow running flats boats. I can run on plane .9ft of water (made me nervous the first time) and get up in a little over 2ft of water. This was all with 5 guys in the boat and tons of gear.
The boat is extremely dry and very comfortable in rough water. I can get it up to 50mph and it cruises great from 22mph to 40mph. If you are in the North Texas area I would be happy to let you come out in the boat to see how it rides and drives. Here are a few pictures of the boat.