New boat builder, but excellent deck layout. I love their 186. LOCKING ROD STORAGE?? In an 18' boat. Who else is doing that? Yamaha powered is the way to go. I'd go with a F115 motor. As for the quality, you are buying from an independent boat builder so who knows. Visit thehulltruth.com and try to find an owner and find out. I think they have the nicest 18' boat layout on the market right now.