Originally Posted by Sailor of Fortune
I think your budget is realistic IF you have readily available cash and can make a decision quickly.
I will have over the next few years. I'll be selling off property and stashing money away for the boat purchase plus some rainy day boat savings.
Originally Posted by Art
Out drives are not at all my favorite but do have their good points. Just be real careful of their condition when purchasing... repairs can get very expensive. Up keep is not too bad as long as used correctly and maintenance is well continued. If left in salt water.... make sure anodes are well attached and kept fresh.
I do prefer a straight diesel inboard. I am familiar with both sterndrives and straight inboards. Mostly Mercruiser though. I think I can handle most repair work and maintenance. I do need to brush up on the electrical properties of protecting sterndrives that will go into and out of fresh/salt/brackish water. You know, bonding and all of that.
One thing I don't like that I am seeing in our lake based boats around SC and GA is plastic or composite underwater through hulls. I much prefer marine bronze through hulls even on lake boats. Especially on lake boats. Grounding is much more common in lakes I believe than around the GL. Beaching is really common around here. Few add protection for it which could be a bargaining chip.