The American Offshore was a modified splash of the Talon. My boat is a modified splash of the AO. The Talon was also splashed into a half dozen other boats. Really unfortinate because it forced Robert Wilkens out of the cat business. Anyways, these boats will make a excellent lake boat. It will handle 2' water with ease. The boat will run 100 with roughly 750hp. A hp500 will get you into the mid 80's. A open bow will put a lot of weight up front. This will force you to use more trim so the boat will be slower than a comparable closed bow. The nice thing about this boat type is that it will turn flat. Some people won't like this, but it'll be a lot better than a full tunnel boat. Overall this would make a excellent first cat. Just be sure you get some insurance quotes before you sign. Many people pay $3k a year for insurance.