After a couple months of back and forth between big go-fast CC and comfortable DE boat we decided on comfort route. Pretty easy decision. It's what we're used to, and it allows us to do more things which as water people, is important. Then for a year we've oscillated between used and virtually turkey, used with lots of work to do, and having something built. I am still of the opinion that used with lots of work to do and HIRE the right guy locally (NW Florida) to do much of it is a great option. I have one boat in mind, and we may still go that route. My partner, however, (and let it be known... the bulk of the financing) is worried about this route being a money pit as unforeseen items are uncovered... then at the end of the day we're still left with a 20, 25, 30 year old boat that still may not be exactly what we're looking for. Re-enter the prospect of having something built. Sufficient cash, time and know-how is on hand to build, finish and rig. The thought process is as follows: We have an insurance check on a boat we ran for 20 years. Being boatless isn't an option, so that check is being treated as free money. If a new boat winds up being too much of a burden, or if either of us fall on hard times, it's a NEW boat and it will be marketable. If we can both walk away from an additional chuck of change, it leaves us with a pretty sizable cushion between investment, and loss on sale that we can afford to take. So, if cash is on hand and is doing nothing at the moment, why not consider a build? We wind up with a boat exactly like we want, it's one that can be sold more easily, and it can be sold for up to $100k+ less than we'll have in it if need be. Which brings us to putting together a short list of boats to consider. GRANTED... we very well still may not go this route, but we're serious enough about it to have some candid and earnest conversations with a few builders. BOAT USE: NW Florida runs between 25 and 200 miles offshore will account for 85% of hours. Average sea state when I go is probably 2-3 feet. Usually steep and almost always slightly disorganized. It's not uncommon to see legitimate 4-5' seas offshore in and around storms, or if a weak front doesn't die as forecast indicated and you head out ahead of stabilization. I'm just a recreational guy, but I've got close to 10,000 hours on gulf out of here, and I'll say this. If the buoy 42039 reads 4.0 feet, you are not having fun out there on most boats. You just aren't. So... 25-200 miles off shore = 85% of hours. Of those hours, I'd say 80% of that is holding boat as stationary as possible over bottom structure, but I hope to lessen that figure and increase time spent trolling and drifting (chunking for tuna, sword baits, etc). So maybe 70% holding up, and then 30% on a drift in the conditions outlined above. The other 15% of boat use will be cruising beach / surf sight fishing, island time, fireworks, picnic, overnight in around port of call, family sight seeing, etc. Considering the above paragraph, obviously I'm looking for a safe 400nm range. I could get away with 350. Actual 20 knot boat loaded would be fantastic. But if it must come at expense of range, or questionable weight distribution as a result of additional fuel or engine displacement, then I'd rather sacrifice a couple knots. The boat will be finished very simply. Below is a NB 36 that is laid out pretty close to what I'm thinking. This plus an elevated platform on house top with a second station. No generator. No thruster. Curtain as opposed to winter back. Removable fish box above deck. No engine box in wheel house. DO WANT: Enclosed head. Elect head. Fresh water. Likely a small galley opposite head. Just a spot for microwave and some enclosed space for inverter, sounders, etc. Bunks forward... be awesome if 4 could sleep forward on bunks, but if hull dictates only a birth that wouldn't be end of world. SO.... THE LIST... and where I'd welcome some input. The boats that I keep coming back to are listed below: Holland 38 H&H 40 Young Brothers 38 Young Brothers 40 Northern Bay 38 (Northern Bay) Wesmac 38 Morgan Bay 43 Obviously the Morgan Bay is a bit of an outlier, but damn what a boat! Glen Holland still builds that 38, right? I think the H&H is probably my least favorite of the bunch, and I feel like the NB38 may be getting my nod at the moment. I know Wesmac gets high marks, but there's something about it that I don't dig. Not sure what it is. Maybe it's just that it doesn't appear to be as much boat as others. Please feel free to educate me. More than likely would go solid glass. If we were to consider coring, are there any builders that you'd feel more comfortable having build you a cored boat below waterline? I'd probably still elect to have solid glass at pre-determined thru hulls.