I guess you would call me a newbie. I bought a CW about 2 months ago. V6 inboard jet.19' Viper II, I have 8 hrs on it. fuel consumption 7 gals average,top speed 48mph. Handles 4 200 lb guys and gear good. Use to own a 20' wooldridge outboard. Still getting use to the jet. I think I have fallin in love again!
I've got a Weldcraft, which is almost identical to a CW, and it's got a V6. I love it...a bit lighter, quick out of the hole, but again if you have a REAL heavy load it won't plane as quickly. However, I've ran my boat, which is 18', in 4 inches of water with 5 people in the boat, all weighing between 150lbs. to 215lbs.