I definately plan on being in the warmer latitudes. I would like the shallow draft freedom to eplore shallow rivers, bays, lagoons and to able to dry out with out using stilts to keep the hull upright. Aluminum and steel have been my first choice for saftey because of my belief that I will be less likely to sink at sea if I hit a container or my engine blows sending shrapnel through the hull. As you stated there will be compromise. I have found the boat that meets most of my demands except the cost of the aluminum construction in Holland has made it to expensive for my taste. The same Puffin cost roughly 150,000 euro more in aluminum than wood composite.
I liked your point of the ease of repair with the wood composite. My main concern is being able to repair it myself well enough to make it to a professional yard.
Thank you for your response and i appologize for the delay in mine.