(the 26' is a 2004 model year with 300+ hours, the 2003 has 500+ hours) I am also looking at a 1999 Maxum Marine 2300sr which I understand was the same Company at one point. This would be my first boat for use in Lake Erie. Recently purchased a place on a river leading to the lake, so this would dock there during the season. I have to watch how big of a boat I get because some years the water level in this particular area can get fairly shallow so where silt can become an issue, so I am told. Family of 5, looking to be able to take up to 4 or 5 guests out on top of that. We can also boat up river when lake conditions are not good. Just want to be able to pull tubes, general cruising, occasionally boat over to the islands (PIB and Kelly's). Figured open bow is best due to not really needing the boat for sleeping since we have a place and the open air space allows for more people to enjoy the trip. Thoughts? Is it kosher to post links so you all can see pics and specs?