A similar question was asked in 2007 but it’s been awhile and I wanted to resurrect the topic with new options out there. What would be your prudent minimum for size and cost (initial and operating) for a dedicated Kachemak Bay boat? The boat would be used to fish, explore, and as transportation across the bay for typically 2 adults and one child, 4 adults and one child max (very rarely). If it only “fishes” 3 max that’s okay. We’d probably live close to the bay so the urge to “push” to get out would not be there…we could pick our days. I think I would like aluminum and a used boat for cost. I have a lot of skiff inland experience…think Lund…but little experience at the helm in the salt. Safety is the most important followed by cost and comfort. I think to get my wife outthere a lot some kind of covering even canvas would help keep her comfortable. Can you use a heater with a canvas top? Thanks!