This is my first new thread and I'm nervous! Ive been posting questions in other threads but realize I'm all over the place. First let me say thank you all so much for being here and doing what you do! It is absolutely invaluable, I just want you to know you are very appreciated by many many people! We are looking for a 50-55' pilothouse with three staterooms, a mid berth master, comfortable salon, and a decent sized galley. Good seakeeping, if I use the correct term, to cross the gulf stream occasionally, Ft Laud to Bahamas. I have developed a bit more fear of the ocean in my old age! We are semi retired and will live on it a week a month in the winter until retirement, then a few months a year. Not new to boating, my husband has had outboards since 18, now 64. I used to drive a clam boat in the Great South Bay! Never docked a boat by myself in my life; I know I have to learn. We have had a 390 Sea Ray; currently keep a 355 Carver on Long Island which we use to go to Fire Island mostly. Just sold a 42 Regal SC which we kept in Florida, and which wasn't the right boat for us. Bought it new, will never do that again, NYCAP you are so right! Have done Florida to NY and back, just us. We looked at an '03 Ocean Alexander 51 Classico, loved it, and had it surveyed. Had a number of issues, but significant were that it vibrates, had the engines realigned TWICE; and that it developed a strong head smell since we first looked at it (a month ago!) (I think the holding tank was empty and then they took it to a boat show and used the head. Thank God, at least we know!) 3 questions about this boat: If we change the hoses and seals, does that get rid of the smell 99%of the time? The surveyor said the engine realignment was probably not done correctly, or that it could be the props. From what I've read, I am afraid it could be anything! Does anyone know of any particular issues in this regard with this model? When did OA stop using Ed Monk? Was 2003 a good or bad year for OA? Ok on to the next boat. Now we are going back to considering an '06 53' Navigator. I haven't seen it personally but hubby has and liked it. How good of a boat is a Navigator, how is it, e.g. in somewhat rough seas? Are they solidly built? Even though I LOVED the OA, now I am gun shy. My husband is concerned, we have offered less now, but we need to make a decision very soon. We know that all older boats have problems, could survey the Navigator and find other issues! Any wisdom here will be very, very appreciated, thank you all so much!