I still routinely fish a 1971 18' Starcraft that we've ran three motors to death since the family got it, well, 38 years ago. Beat the $&&$ out if it, doesn't leak. I personally watched 18" of the bow of a NEW Lund break off and plummet into Lake Michigan, taking an expensive trolling motor with it. They offered the guy a replacement boat and he just cashed out and bought something else. Too bad that was in the pre camera phone era.