slim that what I was thinking I just didnt know how much of an advantage I would have during the day with a raised deck if its only 8 inches. I do like having the lights hidden makes for a bigger deck surface but I think flush would be more versatile for regular rod fishing and just plane cruising around
I have been tossing up the idea for a while I mainly fish at night but I do always bring my bow just in case the fishys are out
My experience proved to me that raised decks are great for daytime fishing and getting the lights off the shooting platform. the higher the better for daytime. 13" decks are very versatile best of both worlds. Flush decks school of thought is closer to the water, closer to the fish great for numbers shoots. Another benefit, you dont have to buy another trolling motor to use a flush deck. we shoot both for those reasons.
But seriously.. I'm going throught the same thing right now.. to raise or not to raise on my 1860.. I've decided to leave flush until I can get on a raised deck and shoot to see if it's worth it... I'm fixing mine to where I can add a alum frame under it to get the desired height if I so choose later on!! I shoot at night in a river so I don't have deep high vis shots very often.. But that's just my .02.. I may change my mind after shooting off a raised deck.. but for me currently.. I was more worried about being able to see while driving the boat down the river after dark!!!!! And A deck 12-24 inches couldn't have been more in my way!!
Also, on a 1648.. I just can't see 8 inches giveing you that much of a gain for what it's going to cost you in stability!! Either way.. you'll be happy as long as you're out on the water stick'n fish!!