I'm researching a move from Ca to Ak sometime in the next 2 to 3 years when my wife and I can retire. I used to travel to Kenai in the late 90's so I'm familiar with the penninsula from Kenai to Homer and to Seward.
I'm looking at a 1980 24 ft Topaz express. It has Volvo diesel power (200 hp), a front windshield and bimini top plus small cabin that sleeps 2 in bow for dry storage. These boats weigh around 6500 - 7000 lbs with diesel engine and 100 gallons of fuel. It will sit on a 10,500 lb rated 3 axle trailer. These boats have solid glass hulls, well built stringer systems and were put together well. I've never heard of rot problems with the stringers. They do have balsa cored decks and balsa coring over the bow deck. Rot will depend on how equipment was installed and bedded. It is a straight shaft with prop pocket. Draft is supposed to be 2 feet.
The plan is to either launch when I want to fish or put it in the marina for the summer and haul out for winter. I don't plan on beaching it on sand/gravel bars. My plan is to fish Salmon, Halibut and rockfish.
Does this sound like a boat that would work well in Ak for what I want to do with it? Does anyone have a ball park figure on costs for putting a boat in a marina?