Thanks! We are just starting this journey and I have a lot to learn.
We are open to different aesthetics, recognizing that anything other than a slow-go displacement hull is going to burn more diesel.
The Meridian option has the creature comforts and burst of speed ability covered. Unsure about cruising range and access to diesels for general maintenance for a 6-2, 250 pound retiree.
A Mainship 400 also seem to be an option at the lowest end of the "speed" spectrum.
Both seem to be available at similar initial costs.
Any thoughts on which would provide lower operating costs and be more "seaworthy" for fairweather gulf stream crossings?
We'd likely haul her for storage during summer/hurricane season along the canal in central florida.
The lower the entry cost with reliability and lower operating costs, the more achievable the dream.
On the competency side, there's a steep learning curve in every aspect. That is part of the attraction.
It's too bad we couldn't go displacement hull. Life seems so much simpler with that spec.