Mstern, thanks for the response, and for bringing up the point of difference in characteristics b/t the in/out. That had not been a factor in my decision. One concern I have with purchasing a 30 was maintenance on the inboard. I do have DIY mechanical skills for someone whos not a mechanic, although I've never ripped a motor out of a car. I've factored in all costs of owning a sailboat, except for the overhaul/maintenance of the engine (especially and inboard). Maybe someone could fill in and inform me a little on what to expect from these 3 cyl diesels, and what to look for upon purchase. Yearly costs, receipts, etc.
Also, I plan keeping the boat in a mooring. Is there a "procedure" when you are on your approach?