I've got a hankering to get a boat, and I'm interested in any advice or recommendations that anywhere here has when you read what I've got in mind.
My family had a ski/fishing boat when I was growing up, and it was a dandy. Billy's Ray's folks had a similar boat up at their old farm in East Texas. I used our boat quite frequently going back to high school days, and have traversed bays and lakes all over the state in that boat. But at some point, it began to show stress cracks in the fiberglass, and the engine was nearing the end of it's reliable useful service period, and although I considered buying the boat from my folks when they sold it, I ultimately decided I didn't need another huge project like that in my life.
But I'm ready now for another boat. It'll look something like the Orkney boat pictured above, which is a 15 and a half footer with a forward cabin. What I want is something a little longer, perhaps a 17 or 18 footer, with a larger cabin that covers the driving console. I'd even consider one that was enclosed, if it had a rooftop air conditioning unit on it.
I've seen some boats that are just a little bigger than these, say 23 to 25 footers, that have the covered forward cabin and then a cuddy cabin down below with a small dinette and tiny kitchen, a head and a forward sleeping berth.
I'll be buying a used boat, for sure, preferably one without a motor. I'd like the motor to be new, because if the boat is structurally sound, all that is usually required is some decorative refurbishing and some updating of limited electronics. Maybe a rewiring.
I've seen a few boats fitting both the larger and smaller spectrum at some used boat yards in my recent travels. But that's what I'll be aiming for.