Thanks for the continued info.
I am beginning to think that i would perhaps be happiest in the best quality boat even if it is only for light duty. I dont really see myself crossing oceans but trips down or up the coast are not out of the question. So, a good blue water boat used as a coastal and river cruiser soulds like a good plan.
Ive seen the Oregon coastal waters turn nasty fast and the last thing i want to be concerned with is the boat.
Any particular features that one should look for in such a boat? What brands are the stand outs and/or personal favs of forum members?