Siamese, thank you for the good info/advice. This particular boat caught my eye, so that was what made me ask - no love of steel. I'm in the very preliminary level of research so I will force myself not to do anything impulsive. Fortunately, the money I need won't be available until almost November anyway, so that will make it easier to be patient. In the meantime, I'll continue to research here and elsewhere and post newbie questions.