I have spent considerable time researching on the internet in general and specially in this forum. Many thanks to all the forum members who share valuable knowledge and information here! I’ll try to be as brief as possible laying out my situation and my questions. Thanks for taking time to read and to answer with any feedback you may have! I am a first time boat buyer looking for a SF convertible in the 40’ to 45’ range. I plan to purchase the boat on the US east coast (preferably southeast), possibly in the gulf. I might spend some time on the boat in US waters with a professional captain and/or hire a captain to bring the boat down to Venezuela where I live. Here in Venezuela I plan to hire a captain for at leats a year or two in order learn before even considering to get out on the water without a pro on board. The boat will mainly be used for weekend trips from the coast to the islands of Los Roques, La Tortuga, etc. These would typically be 200 to 250 nm trips back and forth (e.g. 100 nm crossing in each direction) with stays of 2 or 3 days at the island(s). There are no marinas at these islands meaning the generator would be working 24 hours a day. The main use will be cruising and resting at anchor in nice bays. Fishing is not a priority. The trips will be my wife and I, the captain … and now and then a friend or a couple of friends. The seas down here are quite calm about half of the time but windy and quite choppy the rest of the time. Fuel cost is no concern. A 800 gallon tank of fuel goes for about 25 USD. No, that’s not a joke and it ain’t a ‘miscalculation’ neither. Profile: SF Convertible 40 to 45 feet. Fuel tank 600 gallons +. Good seakeeping. Cruise 25 kts+. Top 30 kts+. Nice boat to be at and to spend leisure time at. Price target: USD 300’000 to USD 400’000. With these criteria I have narrowed my search (for now) to: Riviera 40 (e.g. 2005 to 2007). Rivera 42 or 43 (a bit bigger, but typically a bit older and slower) Silverton 45 Luhrs 41 (I understand there has been a big deal of controversy abouth Luhrs. Please let me know if you think from a certain year of production onwards they have overcome their troubles.) I have looked into other ‘big name’ SF’s like Viking, Cabo, Mickelson, etc. but for my price target they look a bit steep unless I wanted to go for a pretty ‘old’ boat. I look forward to reading your feedbacks on any of the aspects laid out here! Thanks in advance!