This is probably another one of those "Ford/Chevy" or personality/stage of life questions. But I figured I would throw it up here anyways.
For some background - I'm a Homer kid that grew up goofing around Kachemak Bay, and commercial setnetting in PWS. After 20 years, the jellyfish and popweed hold no allure to me, but I LOVE PWS in general and would like to have my family experience it, even though my bride is more of the city/comforts of home type.
My family and I have grown our little company to the point where we can likely spend about $350K on a boat. We will use it sporadically for clients, some for the family that still setnets, but mostly it will be available for my personal use.
Now to my question. I have always been sold on the Ocean Sport Roamers - large back deck, decent cabin to stay dry, and fast. The used model I'm considering can hit 60mph fairly light. 35-38 knot cruise. This is attractive to me since I'm not retired yet, and it's nice to make the most of weekends, not spending 6+ hours to get to Montague. However having that much speed in a 34' boat costs $$.
I think my bride would prefer more of a Trawler type boat, in the 40' range, with a smaller deck and much roomer interior. Full galley, two staterooms, etc. More room to stretch out. And that's totally do able in my price range - and would actually probably save some $$, but of course we're talking 10 knot cruise and not trailerable. You could easily carry a PWC on the stern for your speed fix though.
What have you seen with your families? Obviously this is a higher price point, but is elbow room worth the sacrifice in speed? Is speed that important in the sound? Taking out clients?
In my bride's mind, and I do see where she's coming from, a Ocean Sport does not seem worth 6 TIMES the cost of a 24' used Sea Sport. The guy who is selling this Ocean Sport paid over $500K to have it built in 2009. Craziness.