The things I considered when I bought my 18'6" BB w\150 HP Yamaha
1.I have two guys I fish with regularly. My boat CAN fish 4 but it is really too tight. If I could have bought a bigger
boat, I would have. The problem was that I wanted to fit my boat into my garage, which is 20x20. Which by the way
has kept my boat literally 'like new' for almost 10 years now.
2.You do not have to worry about having 'enough' boat to handle the rough water. My 18'6" handles waves better than the 24' baystealth at the camp and it is a drier ride because of the rolled edge design.
3.My boat came rigged with a 115 HP yamaha but is rated for a 150....so I got the 150hp.....best decision I ever made.
I have all the power I need and then some. When running from bad weather, there is no substitute for speed. I get 55mph with the 150.
- Regardless of what boat you get, I recommend a LONG shaft trolling motor (at least 55lbs thrust)
- I also recommend the Lowrance LMS 520C integrated GPS|Sonar unit
So if you don't plan on fishing more than 3-4 guys and speed is not all that big a deal, stay with the 115hp and go for it! I am extremely satisfied with my 18'6" so you should be very pleased with the 1960. But if your like me and you like a little zip
I would get the 150hpdi.
Hope this helps.