Thanks, guys. I feel the permanent seat pad in the SL is more desirable to me. We've removed the sweet cheeks from all our other JKs. One leaks already and suspect others eventally will. Plus I would rather sit low and not bother pushing all the beads up front each time. However, as said, it's easily removed.
The SL's seat positions is prbably adequate. The Elite would allow for in-between positions. Although, the boat is long and volume enough to probably not be too sensiive to micro adjustments for me. I have found play boats and even my Diesel 65 needing micro adjustments to perfectly dial them in for my body structure.
The warranty and stiffer hull is the real attraction of the Elite. However, out of all the boats I've owned I have never broken one. Yet! Thus the cheaper and repairable SL may be worth the savings.
Bottomline though, is that both are expensive and I hope to be able to work a deal on one or the other first anyway. Meanwhile, already sold my Habitat, daughter put claim to my Punk Rocker, now wife wants a Punk Rocker, too, while I'm left with my old reliable Diesel. As Bohdi said, "Just waitin' for my set." I'm next.
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