I'm a current owner of a fiberglass 28 foot boat. It's heavy and it does cut through the water quite well. I am considering purchasing an aluminum boat of some sort in the next couple of years. This boat would be a "family boat" for fishing, shrimping, and overnighting in PWS mostly. Occasional fall hunting trips as well. I'd like it to sleep at least 4 adults comfortably I'm considering a boat with either twin outboards or twin inboards. I like he idea of twin engines for manuevering in tight quarters.
Here's a few questions in no particular orders:
Do aluminum boats tend to get better gas mileage? In my current boat we need to bring mucho extra gas cans to extend the range to reasonable distances. Not to mention the cost of such gas.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of outboard and inboard engines?
What are some boat manufacturers I might want to look at?
I'm thinking of used boats in under the 100k range?
Thanks for any help you're able to give.