These are sweet little boats. I have to say I like the older version better for some reason. I think the higher freeboard takes away from the shear line. I think you can put two of these inside a Michell Cove 20'.
I just did a search of MC 20 and found a new one with a Suzuki 140/trailer for close to $60K!!!! Is that right?? The base hull with wash boards looks to be close to $9k. This boat has the bracket and some electronics. With that kind of money can't you buy a nice used BHM 25' or General Marine 26'?
I love the soft chine Easterns - the 18 and 24 are the only ones as far as I know. Great inshore hull that can take a beating. Does the 18 ride wet? I've never been in one but my 24 certainly does. I have a lobster top and wipers to help out.