very well said, I believe in the same “quality boats youget your best bang for your buck” My boat was a Laveycraft and had it for 10 years phenomial boat. I have had starter boats and finally pulled the trigger on the Lavey 10 years ago. One thing I did learn from my experience is go to the engine size up. I regret not getting the 525 and being cheap . I was ok with 496 but I bet you if I got the 525 from the start I would be keeping my boat. I really am on the fence with going with used 70k or jumping it up to 130k range. My eyes are on Hallett, Howard, DCB( if a screaming deal comes across) Lavey, Eliminator , Schiada and Conquest . Hopefully I find something before summer if not , I will buy a boat to get buy a season like Chapperall, Monterey or something that I could just get my toes wet.