16ft wider the better. You really want a 25hp for a 16 footer. If you are going to modify it heavily, then I would suggested a riveted hull, they are lighter and easier to modify. Best outboard by none is the 2001-2006 2 stroke mercury. Power to weight is extremely good, no shifter paddle, light motor super easy to work on, very reliable. I agree with avoiding carpet if river fishing is the main purpose, kiwi grip is easy to apply and perfect for a jon.
Edited by Alumacraft 14 (04/12/18 11:05 AM)