I've been following the discussions here for awhile and I've found it very helpfull.
I'm finally selling the business (if my realtor ever gets off his tail end and looking forward to having time for boating. I've not really seen anything in the archieves that address my question closely. The river options are pretty easy to figure out but the salt water side still has me pondering.
I'm looking at something in the 22' ~ 28' range for fishing/exploring with 2-5 day camp out capability for 2-3 people or 5 people for only a couple of days. Primarily fishing with general exploring. This would be in the PWS area. I've read the comments on dual use etc. but figure with these parameters on time and people I'll need a dedicated saltwater boat.
If the wife and I get into it in a big way we'll of course upgrade later but I figure the first boat would need to be trailered several times a year for a number of years as we waited on the lists for a slip (preferance would be Valdez I think after what I heard about the Whittier waiting lists though I guess Seward might be a worst case option). That's also why we'll buy a used one first since we would only keep it a few years before getting out entirely or going full tilt for a larger, factory fresh one.
I guess my priorities would be;
a. Safety (sudden unforseen weather changes)
b. Dependability (propulsion/hull, this would tie into safety I think)
c. Trailerability (is there such a word?
d. Comfort (important but the first three still beat it on the list)
c. Operational costs (not so much on fuel but rather maintenance)
e. Speed (not important unless it ties in with safety)
Any comments on brand names/types to look for or stay away from would be appreciated.