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A few possibilities...opinions please
What are your criteria? (i.e are you coastal cruisers; will you be dockside liveaboards and maybe do the ICW; or are you going around the world or something in between?
MARINER: Are you talking about the Far East Mariner 36 or the New Hampshire-built Mariner 36 (early 80''s vintage)? If it''s the latter, they are great boats. We have the big sister, 39-footer, and looked at a couple 36''s as well. Solid, well-built boats with plenty of liveaboard space for a couple. Terrific interior joinery, great hull shape. With a careful check-over of rigging, thru-hulls, etc. I would not hesitate to take one offshore.
Here is a web site for NH built Mariners: http://users.snip.net/~pcves/mariner.htm
Aluminum boats: my dad has had two large ones. He was cruising around Cape Horn and to Norway, so wanted the superior strength. however, he''s probably going to sell his soon and buy a fiberglass boat because the maintenance on the aluminum one is too much. Plus, you need to really understand electrolysis (is that the right word?) because corrosion is a BIG issue that can easily sink the boat in a matter of days if you are not supremely vigialnt and careful with gear installations.
have fun looking at boats!!!!