i've done most of my fishing in the back bays out of a tin boat. it will be a great first boat for you. everything is simpler on a smaller boat. look at lots of differen makes/model before your purchase. things like aluminum thickness, fuel/battery storage, how it's wirered. also one with a deck makes things comfortable. look at the different layouts. i always preffered ones with an open design like the starcraft camp models.it lets you be able to do more with the deck area. with pedistal seats you will also need a place to sit while underway. the pedistals are generally not strong enough to withstand the pounding and will get loose. look at the compatability of the gunnels for attachment of rod holders for fishing and for storage. if you get a model thats prerigged for lights, ect, make sure it's got room for some accesories like fishfinder/gps. a power outlet is also nice for a livewell pump or spotlight. good luck.
[ 04-22-2006, 09:24 AM: Message edited by: cc19 ]