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I am looking to buy either the FD216 or FD226. I like these models for the roominess of the deck with the performance of a speed boat to pull tubes and things. I want to be able to boat in protected lakes, coastal bay areas (Ocean City MD. to Rehoboth DE. for those than know), and possibly even to take a spin in the great ocean if possible. I know the specs that differentiate the 216 from the 226 but do not know what specs have the greatest bearing on my requirements. I assume the 216 extra weight and larger beam are the two most important differences. I have spoken to two Hurricane dealers letting them know where I would boat. One said the 216 would be better for the choppy waters and the other said the 226 was equally as good (and better) as a 216 and when in a 226 if the water is so choppy it is uncomfortable I should probably not be out in it. Needless to say, the contradictions are hindering my decision. What are the main differences I should expected while in the bay areas? Also, are those differences exceptable if the price difference is substantial? I know alot of this is subjective, but whatever advice you all can bring the newbi would be great.
2013 FD 226
Yamaha 150 Four Stroke
2nd RGR BN.