Hi Gene, I replied to your other post but am seeing this for the first time. As I mentioned in my other reply, we were similarly attracted to some of the better known passagemakers like Selene, Nordhavn, and Kadey Krogen. They are all great boats with many exceptional attributes. But as my wife and I discussed realistic plans for long term cruising, we realized an ocean crossing was not in our future, and expanded our search parameters. Of particular interest to us was a boat with a little shallower draft, since we were boating in the Chesapeake Bay and the Bahamas. We also intend to make our way through the Panama Canal and up to Alaska, so we wanted a capable vessel, but again not a true ocean crosser. I think the best thing you can do is prioritize what matters most to you - things like living spaces, range (fuel capacity and engine performance), engine room access, stabilization, etc, with an eye to what is difficult or impossible to modify. Then I recommend you attend a big show like the Ft. Lauderdale boat show and get on as many boats as you can. We ended up looking at many different manufacturers and we narrowed it down to Outer Reefs, Grand Banks Aleutians, and Offshores based on our criteria, budget, and desired size of boat. Then it came down to individual boats (since we were buying used) and their configuration and condition. Sorry if this is a ramble, but best of luck in the hunt and even more in the adventure ahead of you!