, wayne.b and others: Thank you so much for your tips, insights, and ballpark estimates. We have now spoken with finance people, marina people, brokers, and techs. We have reviewed the types of insurance
and the coverages and spoken with some insurance
folks. We have reviewed our budget
and are comfortable with the plan we have put in place. We plan to hit the Florida
boat shows this fall and will start actively shopping
in the late spring of next year. By this time next year, we hope to be in our own boat similar to the example in the first post.
In the meantime, I've been refining my navigation
knowledge, reading up on how to maintain vacuflush heads, generators, etc. And I'll continue to lurk here to absorb as much additional knowledge as possible. Maybe see you out there next summer. :-)