I just bought an EdgeWater Power Boats IS220 for a fishing boat for shallow water (the flats off the Intracoastal Waterway of Florida). It really depends on what you are going to use the boat for. If you want something to just do some casual fishing in a local lake, keep it small and simple fishing boat. If you want to pull skiers, you need something with power. If you want a family cruiser, make sure there's plenty of room for the number of people you want to put on the boat. If you want to take it out on the ocean, you need something big and heavy duty. Before you buy anything, though, consider taking a safe boating course. >> Stay informed about: first time boater...what boat should i buy?