Last November I posted a thread on Searay 47/52 sedan bridges and Carvers of the same length. I got some very interesting information. Finally I bought a Searay 47 bridge. The wife ,the german sherpard and I navigated for more than 2000 miles this summer going through the Trent Severn waterways to the Geogian Bay and back by the 3 Great Lakes. If anybody had doubts about this boat rest well assured. She carried well in 4 to 5 foot waves and nobody was sick!! Now l am preparing for my next boat which is going to be a live aboard. I have 2 or 3 years to make a choice. I have reading all threads about Hatteras and Viking boats. YachtForums is definitely the most comprehensive on information on Hatteras. But nothing much on Viking. Is there any thread I should be looking at that would give more info on year 2000 and up for Viking yatchs 54' and up? For Hatteras I am looking at 56 and up but need a galley up . It seems DC diesels are fairly expensive to upkeep and usually last about 2000 hours before major overhaul costing about 3 grand a hole. l have been asking around and different people have suggested new motors by Cummins or Caterpillar would increase speed and value as well as decrease fuel cost and general maintenance. But when I reviewed Viking boats,they seemed to have Man diesels that are very popular these days with many manufacturers. Searay is also a great boat. But the 58 has a dismal engine room and turned me off as I like to check my motors and other components regularly. Last but not the least, we stayed on the 47 Bridge for 32 consecutive days and really loved it !! What a smooth boat. I learned after buying her that the hull had been around for more than 10 years (48 Sundancer, 47 Bridge and the new 51 Sundancer all have the same hull specs) . By the way, she took a pounding coming across Lake Erie and stood her ground.. if we can use such an expression for a boat!! Thanks in advance for your answers on my many questions.