Thanks--if I pursue the OA further I'll look into painting instead of gel coating. Not sure how much effort it would be to strip down the gel coat before painting, but sounds like a big job. The MTUs are referred to as "MTU 1200" that are 1000 hp each. They don't seem very popular. Originally I was going to avoid MTU altogether, but after talking to some people I got comfortable that parts and service for the Series 60 were easily available in my area so I expanded my search to include the Series 60 boats. These MTU 1200s, not so much. On a side note, has anyone here replaced an enclosure panel (eisenflass, strataglass or similar) with a panel that is more solid and has a windshield wiper? Trying to figure out what I would have to do if I forego the lower helm. Definitely want a wiper in front of me and possibly one on each side as well. Do they work well? Do they hold up over time?