To Jeff H
thanks for the advice jeff!! we did buy a shallow draft sailboat for the reason of shallow water (lakes and spring fed rivers abound where we live) so i know we will get many hours of family fun. how can you figure out how much your boat draws? the seller estimated it to be about 18 inches--i have my doubts because it is a heavy boat. i cannot find a website for Helson 22''s and he misplaced his owner''s manual (after all these years)thanks!