Same in this camp. Had the same boat for 12 years and don't want no bigger boat even if I can afford it. Bought the boat for $40K (Avatar Picture on the left) Put $70K into it for maintenance, repairs, upgrades, safety and comfort stuff etc. Surveyed @ $60K recently, so yes, boats can go up in value, but it will cost you.. We enjoy the solitude and beauty of the Exuma islands for weeks at the time, far away from any civilization and noisy neighbors. No difference if the boat was twice as big...It would only cost more to maintain, operate and insure. I ran a 70 Johnson for a guy some years ago and would not trade even if offered an even deal. Every day there was some maintenance headace on the Johnson and I spent far more time at the dock calling various contractors and experts to get the thing fixed. Then when it was ready, something else broke: The plasma TV would not go up or down with a button push, the dishwasher came a flying in 4' to 5' waves, the crane for the dink broke, the chillers did not chill, the navigation package had bugs...Etc, etc.. When I take my cutter to the Exumas the goal is to never pull out the tool box and although I have not been 100% sucessful, we have always made it back and never needed help over 25 Bahamas cruises and another 30 Florida Keys trips. Simple and bullet-proof boats are far more enjoyable than some luxo cruiser needing a full time maintenance staff to leave one expensive marina for the next expensive marina.