I joined this forum several months ago mainly for the hunting and fishing aspects but have been very impressed by all the boat info on here. Anyway, I have been in the market for an ocean boat for several months now but the wife pushed for the house first. Now that we have that settled it is time to start looking for a boat to put in the side yard. I am hoping to keep my costs in the 30K range possibly as high as 35K. I am looking for something to take out in PWS, Homer, and Seward. Ideally I am looking for an aluminum with hard-top and if possible a head for those extended multi-day trips. This seems hard to come by in my price range so I am realistic that I may have to give up something. I would prefer to stay aluminum if possible.
Any suggestions on which boats and models to look at. I know I will have to probably go used. What are your thoughts on the boats you own and have owned. I have been looking primarily at Hewescrafts and Woolys. When is the best time to buy in say the next 3-5 months. I am assuming spring is a bad time due to demand but some have suggested after the boat show. Where are places to look other than craigslist. I've got that pretty well covered.