Kicker is always a must for back-up when on big lakes or saginaw bay. Don't leave home without one. Put a Terrova on the front and put the batteries under the right side gunnels and the charger under the right side storage compartment. Been using mine for a decade and troll all day. Have the same Optima blue tops i bought 7 years ago. Steering wheels on that boat only take up space. Get the tiller model. And get the e-tec..the only thing the 4-stroke mercs they put on them are good for are boat anchors.