Thanks for the welcome here guys! Engine room looked pretty good/spacious on the 42 I saw up here. I would love to be able to work on it myself, but I'm not very hands on mechanical to this point in my life. Would need some local help until I get up to speed. What is easier to work on by yourself? Yanmar? Cummins? That's good to know about the wake, ArchHibb. I'll consider that. As a sailor I can appreciate this and make sure I'm not an ass out there. And I appreciate the comments about the bow thruster. It's clearly a "nice to have." I've heard it can also be added after the fact on a boat, but not cheap. As far as a general update, no movement yet here. I continue to hear from friends that buying a boat is the "worst thing you can do financially, don't be an idiot buying a boat blah blah blah." I'm not made of money so I do sort of worry about it a little bit, but at the same time I am constantly thinking about cruising the Puget Sound and life on the water. I think I can afford it now so why not start enjoying it? Do any of you guys feel like your boat is a "millstone around your neck?"