hey josh, i've got a 12' welded klamath and i fish it just fine with my 2 boys. it's 63" wide (only weighs 150 lbs dry) and i can stand up in it to cast alright. i'm also a fan of the deeper V aluminum boats...quite different stability-wise from my old 12' aluminum sears boat!! if you're not in a huge hurry, you can find a nice wide deeper V boat if you just keep your eyes open. i drove to the tri-cities for mine, but the guys gave me a screaming deal (and his dad threw in a nice galvanized trailer) . good luck and let us know what you end up getting.