Hi all - new to this forum and we're currently looking at 3 Carvers (after having deals fall through on a Navigator and a Sea Ray). 1. A 2003 46' Voyager with twin 480 Volvo TAMD75-PA's 700 engine hours 2. A 2000 53' Voyager with twin Volvo TAMPD74-DC (waiting on engine hours info) 3. A 1998 53' Voyager with twin 450 Cummins 6CTA83-M 825 engine hours Price difference is the 2000 53' is $40,000 more (still within our budget but the higher end). The other two are comparable pricewise. All have thrusters and davits or hydraulic swim platform. The 53' has a full walk around master, larger fuel & water tanks. Ironically the bridge clearance on the 46' is 19'11" while on the 53' it's 19'. The 2000 53' comes with a Seadoo which we'd sell and buy a RIB. Our plan is to boat around the Great Lakes for a few years. Eventually we'd like to do the Great Loop. We're leaning toward the 53' for overall livability and comfort. It's just my husband and I and our big dog. Adult kids will come visit now and then so we need the 3 staterooms. Any insights into either boat? Many thanks! PS: We live on a small late in N. Michigan and have the ability to be on the water daily in the summer in our Chapperal bow rider. We're looking at a big boat for weekend getaways and week long trips.