Welcome aboard TF... it's a good group of folks.
Sounds like you are off to a good start... you can't look at too many boats or talk to too many owners.
Make sure to think (and write down) your planned style of boating, must, wants and don't wants. Also have your mate (or admiral as the case may be) do the same. Then compare & combine & compromise (it helps to do it her way?)
One place to start that might be helpful is http://www.trawlerforum.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=14905
There are several MS 400 / 430 owners here if you need details. We love our 34HT for inland / great lakes cruising but many are using them coastal with positive reports.
So many choices & decisions.
Good luck w the search.