I believe I am in a position to provide a bit of balance to the glowing recommendation provided by BuzzardsBay. Having spent nearly 3 years intimately involved in the technical aspects of a new 97 before (not long enough before unfortunately) during and after delivery, and having dealt with the issues created by what, in my opinion, is the polar opposite of the level of support described by BB. I still cringe when I have to walk down the same dock where a Marlow is parked. They have great “curb appeal” and I like the look of them from a distance but like the old saying about many other attractions, "beauty is only skin deep." The issues made public in the Kakawi lawsuit don’t even begin to scratch the surface of the owner’s frustration of attempting to resolve even the simplest of the many problems discovered after the boat was delivered. I strongly suggest that anyone interested in factual information acquire a copy of the Kakawi lawsuit documents and read them very carefully, with particular attention to the matters regarding class. After reading all the documents, perhaps BB might take a walk through his boat and look for stress cracking, remove a few of the overhead lighting fixtures and look at the structure above them. Have a close look at the bilge pumping and drain systems. It might be worthwhile to pull the exhaust spray ring and see if all the holes are clear. Having a thorough machinery and hull survey performed by someone familiar with boats from that builder might be an excellent investment to make before the warranty expires. “They cruise at 10 knots, we cruise at 20+.” Part of the reason for that is a lightly built boat can achieve fairly high speeds, but lightly built boats operated beyond unprotected waters often don’t last very long.