If you're going to do away with something that works and works well, it had better be for good reason. At the Shallow Water Expo in Tampa, Grand Slam introduced its good reason for ending production of its 17-footer - the Silver Shadow. At first glance, you may not notice much difference between the Silver Shadow and the company's proven 17-footer, but rest assured the differences go beyond small details. To begin with, the hull is brand-new and lighter. Not only is its design improved, but its footprint also is much wider: The beam measures over 7 feet. The added beam provides a stable fishing platform and a responsive and smooth ride, even under less-than-ideal conditions. The lighter weight and the larger footprint also translate into a shallower draft - approximately 7 inches fully loaded.