Depends on where you are boating and your needs. Lake, ocean? small big, family? friends, rafting lunch at shooters? so many boats for so many uses. Speed is great, but it takes a long time to learn how to handle properly. dont be a statistic, start slow and build from there. take some boatsing safety courses, as many as you can. after getting your feet wet for a year step up to tres martins course http://www.performanceboatschool.com/ then decide on something faster.