Hello Conrad. We moved from a 28' Bayliner to our current Tolly. There is absolutely no comparison in the build quality between the two. Tolly's have a well built hull and few have any problem with blisters. We haven't had problems with leaks of any kind in the cabin, not bad for a 30+ year old boat. I sure don't miss the wood on the exterior either. The only exterior wood is the cabin door. We were fortunate to find our boat that had been converted from gas to 4 cylinder Hino diesels. Sea keeping quality is, in my opinion, above average. I would not hesitate to recommend you take a close look at Tollys in your search for your next boat. Let me know if you have any specific questions I can help you with.
I notice that you have a Tolly, and was wondering what you thought of the boat. We're in the market, and I'm going down to Anacortes next week to look at a 48. Much bigger than anything we've cruised before (we're currently in an Ennos Sapphire 32) but we're looking to significantly expand our cruising, and essentially liveaboard. The Tolly's seem to have a great rep, and have very little external teak vs th eGrand Banks we're also looking at.
Any thoughts, comments would be appreciated.