I agree with Craig regarding a 10,000lbs boat, but do you realize the coast guard/ marine patrol claim that bass boats are the safest group of boaters on the water!!! My Father has bought a new bass boat every 3 years since I was born (33 now). The tournaments they fish do not allow alcohol in the boats period, life jackets MUST be worn with the kill switch connected whenever the main engine is running. The drivers are in a hurry to get from A to B and don't spend anytime looking at a skier behind the boat or your girl flashing you while running across the water, they are concentrating on what's in front of them. Although these things are fast they ride suprisingly well and a blast to drive (as long as the chop is 1 ft or less!!!!). Personally, I'll keep my 31 ft hull running twin BBC.