After much negotiation, wheelin and dealin, Matt has a new boat. Reasons he gave me for needing this boat included: the big boat won't fit in small ponds and streams when the brook trout are runnin, it is easier to trailer and handle, and it is a pretty shade of green. My personal favorite reason was "I've never owned a brand new boat, only used."
He first got a 14 footer with a 15 horse power Yamaha which did not seem to plane off when the twins took it for a test drive. They blamed it on the pitch of the motor or something like the angle of the dangle. I happened to read the maximum capacity label on the inside of the boat and my guess is the twins exceeded the limit. Anyway, that boat was returned for a 16 footer with a 20 horse Honda.