Hi to all--glad I found this Forum--already see they're some really knowledgeable and helpful people here. This is my first post--THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR HELP! My wife and I want a used D.E. Express type boat--something that'll be capable near shore; could take to the Bahamas and do part/all of the loop. Most of our time will be in the ICW. Our trips will have 2 people--myself and my spouse. Currently, I take my 2660 Sailfish 75 miles off shore to the Gulf Stream and troll for Whahoo and bottom fish for Grouper, etc. Those days are now done and time to go at a more leisurely pace (-: Doing my research on boats within our budget (<$150K) and have a lot of questions. More importantly, I'm looking for mentors who will keep me on track during and after the purchase! Right now, we have the following criteria (but we don't know what we don't know): - 30-34' range--nearer to 30' the better (heard they charge by the foot at Marinas (- - Hard-Top Express (E.g., Mainship 30 pilot II Sedan; Albin 31 T.E.; BackCove 29) - Good sea keeping ability - Single screw, diesel engine - low hour engine--well documented maint. record - Quiet, if possible or suggestions on how to make the helm area quiet - Solid bonded electrical system - Queen or near queen size birth - AC in birthing area; helm area would be nice too - Separate shower in head area - Diesel Gen Set or Inverter that would work as well as a Gen Set (I know nothing about Inverters) - Auto pilot - Bow Thruster - Windlass - Fishing capability (rocket launchers/rod holders nice, but not a deal breaker) - Protected screw (I don't pilot a boat so well and have run-a-ground) - Transom door - Helm door so I can handle docking by myself - East coast location preferred as I'll have to arrange transportation or pilot the boat to FL I will put good Nav/Electronics on the boat if it does not have it. I will also have a survey done and conduct a sea trial. Thanks!