I'm gettin ready to buy another airboat soon. The last boat I had was a 12ft by 6 1/2 all 1/8" Ronnies single rear operator, full grass rake, 0290 125hp Lycoming 4cyl and a 5-blade warp drive. This time around I'm lookin for alot more power. I'm lookin to spend under $10K and I see that alot of people over there in Florida, I'm in Louisiana, I see ya'll use those GPUs alot, could someone tell me the basic pros and cons of the motor, weight to hp ratio, how reliable are they, if parts are cheap. Plus I'm also really considering making the transition to automotive this time. I was wondering how the basic 350v8 330hp with a gear-to-gear reduction unit and a wood paddle prop on say a 14ft by 7ft open Hull Ronnies with a full alum grass rake, single rear operator, 1/4" telfon, if that would run dry ground and also run on dry ground to where I could run it up the trailer. And also has anyone ever built a boat with a Vortec V6 with a reduction unit. I'm lookin to run just mainly open marsh,and a good bit of dry ground. Please any input would really help.