I have owned several older ones, Terry Bass, Rooster Craft, Collins Craft, They were all good boats. Didn't know they still allowed stick steering in boats, I loved it espically running in narrow and winding canals. The steering is so quick you can throw people out of the boat. Don't ask my how I know this, I just know this!
We generally ran 65 merc's., they would run about 50 mph on a 14 foot boat.