We are very happy with our 2003 Monk 36 Gumbo. We had a Camano 31 before and liked the single engine, we wanted fiberglass decks and a fly bridge, like the Camano, the Monk had those. We bought her in Annapolis in 2008 and cruised her to Louisiana. We have made numerous trips along the Gulf Coast including to the Keys, back up east coast of FL to Stuart, crossed the Okeechobee back to the Gulf of Mexico. Ageing Parents have necessitated our sticking close to home the last few years but we plan on more cruising when possible.
I agree, the MOA (Monk Owners Association) is a valuable asset, there is lots of information available from members, they hold yearly rendezvous on the East Coast and the West coast. If you have any specific questions please feel free to private message me.