I own a 2008 1960 and run marsh and pelto areas. I've been in the same areas in Express, Cajun, And Champion boats. The 1960 is by far the driest ride of any of them.Evidently the way the hull is designed it throws the spray out from the side of the hull instead of up along it.
Double check ALL electrical connections from battery to under console. I had a few that were loose on mine.
Had to have a new axle put on the trailer after about 1000 miles. Inside of both tires worn down. New axle is a little better, only one tire wearing. Will probably try the steel belted tires.
Overall love the boat. Not too big for one man, and not too small for three to fish.
I also run a 115 Yamaha with 20" factory prop. Tops out at 41-44 gps at 5500rpm