Well I think it's almost time that my family will be in a position to pull the trigger on a new(used) boat. I will be stepping up from an 18' grayling so this will be a big step up. We will be doing a mix of fishing, cruising, kayaking, beach combing, etc. mostly K bay and Ressurection bay. It's my wife and I and our son (toddler). I would like to hear opinions for some of the other family men on here as to what works in regards to having a small child and wife on board. My budget will be likely under 55k. I am drawn to aluminum but I know I can get a more comfortable and affordable boat if I go with glass. Ive been looking at the c dory's, both the 23' venture and the 25' cruiser. Sea sports, ospreys, and hewescraft pacific cruisers all look like they would work out nice but mostly out of my price range. Something with outboards is a huge bonus for me as well. I would love to hear comments from anyone with experience bringing the family out on the water. Thanks!