Which Model to choose?

Dear Randy, 

As a non-technical boating enthusiast, I am looking to get back into boating after a 10 year hiatus. In that time my "crew' has increased by 3 kids (who need to learn what it is like to be out on and appreciate the water). 

My 1976 Dawson fell on hard times while in inadequate long-term storage, so I am looking at older Hydrostreams. 

Given the following uses, what, if any, model, power, and setup would you recommend for the following? (or are these incompatible?) 

I am not as concerned with top-end speed as I am having the boat set up to perform well and have good manners at speeds suited to tubing, boarding, and transit in general. 

A dream of mine is to travel some on our region's river system (2-4 total on board, 360 - 700 lbs.), so a respectable cruising speed (say 55-65 mph) and moderate fuel consumption would be nice. 

I consider most Hydrostreams beautiful. I like the looks of the V-king, of course, but a Venus (which I also like the looks of) seems like it would accommodate my crew and their stuff better). Is there another 20' model that would be better? 

I like the relative quiet of a 4-stroke. Would that help with the fuel consumption/long range cruising application? 

Any direction you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank You. 

Cordially,
Jim Davis

Tupelo, MS

 

Jim, 

You have Voyager written all over you. That boat will satisfy your performance needs and keep the "crew" happy as well. I feel the closed bow hulls will leave you looking for more room. 

Randy

 

 

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Thanks,
Mark C.

 

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