I've been looking for a boat to start learning the local rivers(snohomish valley "region") but I'm not quite sure what direction to go. I have never boated rivers. When I lived in a warm water climate I had a 16' flats skiff, but that's my only boating experience. A few of the places I want to fish are pretty wide and lazy, and most of the people on the river have a motor rather than just a drift boat. I have been looking at older 14' - 16' lund type aluminum boats, and I'm leaning this direction. They are relatively cheap and can take a beating. I'm thinking this might be a good way to get out fishing while I learn what I really want. I do worry that as I get more comfortable, this won't get shallow enough and I'll be limited to where I could go(ptsd from too much time on the flats?). I have also seen a few flat bottom lowe type jet boats. Those look like they would take you everywhere, but I worry about how they handle in current etc. Lastly, I'm really interested in power drifters, but these are a pretty big commitment monetarily , and I haven't found any available used in the area. The Stealthcraft pintail looks awesome, as well as others by Hyde, Clackacraft, and the usual gang. A boat like this in good condition seems tough to find for > 15k. And for that much I would have to know it will handle where I'm going. I would really love to get some advice from someone who has been fishing the area and knows what works here or similar river systems.