I'll say that if you go surface drive make sure the boat is a true flat bottom. Apparently my buddy got a 1542 Excel modv with a 23 surface drive and he hates the damn thing. Something about how the water comes off of the transom, cant propel properly. Boat is super nice but his expectations ruined the whole experience for him. Spent too much time looking at people ripping around on instagram (mind you 9 time out of 10 its in water deep enough for an outboard lol). Had the boat 3 months and already for sale. "God damn 8000 dollar paper weight" "Why the f*** can't I get on plane" "should have just got a damn kayak" "rebuilt the damn thing more times than I hunted out of it" "can we take your boat?" Be careful, my friend, surface drives and mud motors can change a man.