I picked up a new Pro-Guide V175 Combo with a Merc 115 EFI 4S from BPS in Las Vegas in late June and until this past week have only used it to play with my grand-kids and only a little bit of fishing. This past week I spent 3 days fishing with a couple friends, we spent at least 8 hours each day on the water and everything worked flawlessly. Prior to this trip I had been thinking about adding a kicker motor but after lots of searching for info on the net and this forum and some on water testing opted to add a second Interstate battery for the Minnkota 55 lb thrust trolling motor and installed the iPilot system. Over the 3 days on the water and using the trolling motor constantly for working structure and also trolling for trout we had 12.65 volts on the batteries (80% battery left). During that period we never put a charger on the batteries. While trolling we varied between .8 and 1.5 mph depending on our baits and were able to get up to just over 2 mph with 3 adults and gear. At times the wind was at least 10 - 12 mph on the nose and it was not a problem. All of us agreed that there is no need for a small kicker for trolling (at least in the high Sierra) and the iPilot was absolutely amazing. That has to be the best bang for the buck out there. Adapting to the remote was easy and the ability to control the trolling motor from anywhere in the boat was great. No more foot controls for me. I have not had a boat for about 20 years and this is my first aluminum boat. The deep V is great for running into a chop and as an old bass boat type (Nitro) I didn't find the higher gunnels a problem at all for lipping the fish even at my age. At this moment I couldn't be happier with selecting this model over other boats I looked at. Enjoy the fishing guys.