On the diesel vs gas - I think I am much more leaning towards diesel, but I could be swayed if a gas boat came along that was otherwise perfect. I think I'd just like diesels a try, if nothing else. Not many at my marina have them, but those who do swear by them.
Al - great story - I love hearing stories like that. Trips like that put everything back into perspective. I am so envious and will work on getting a similar one under our belts.
We spent the night on our boat at the marina last night - it's a bit cramped, but still nice. This morning, after a pancake breakfast, we headed out to a nearby island and spent about half the day on the beach, fired up smoe hotdogs on the grill for lunch and then headed home with a sense of peace that only boat-people get to know.
My Admiral is a little less sure about investing in a bigger boat, so our purchase my have to wait a little - I think that once she gets aboard a few, she will have a better sense of what size can do. Then again, we could very well keep what we have and still be quite happy with it.
A real marine toilet would be nice, though