I was looking into the RT178 this winter with a 60hp Mercury. I do not fish tournaments so I do not a need fast boat. I fish into creeks where it gets shallow so the 60hp weight is appealing. Im more interested in the stable fishing platform ive been reading about than the performance.
I saw the RT188 at a local Cabela's a few weeks ago and fell in love with the front deck. The rod ramp for the co-angler is cool as well.
If I purchased the RT188 with a 60hp Mercury, how would the performance (hole shot, top end) differ from the RT178? The 188 is 100lbs heavier and 1 ft longer - 17'8" vs 18'8" (same width).
The ranger site says the RT178 with 60hp will do 31-35mph. Is it safe to assume I will get 28-33 or so?