Pope, you can get a 21v destiny for pretty darn cheap. Its the same basic hull design as explorer. I had a shoalwater 17v a long time ago, and it will spin on you just like any other shallow running bay boat if the motor is high enough. It will dart a little to the side riding the backside of waves but just hold on to the wheel, slow down, and pay attention and youll be fine. I had my tunnel V in some nasty chop. They ride well. You are on the right track with Explorer, Shoalwater and Destiny. IMO JH needs a better tunnel. The ones I have seen really dont have any tunnel at all. That was a few years ago and they may have changed. Good luck!