Thought I'd add my new (to us) 43 to the forum. My wife and I were coming off a Tiara 35 Open and wanted to move to a convertible. We cruise, drink and fish, in that order. Mostly we wanted the improved visibility and living space above the waterline. We built a profile: 42-45 feet, 25 knots cruise speed, fish and cruise, 2 staterooms / 2 heads, no 2-cycle power, good aesthetic lines, a high(er) end build pedigree and a budget of around $250k. My 2-cycle power aversion mostly eliminated the top tier boats in production years that fit my budget: Viking, Tiara, Bertram, Hatteras. Ultimately we culled our search down to 3 choices: Ocean 43SS, production 2000-2005, Riviera 43C, production 1997-2003 and Tiara 43C, production 1990-2002 (with Cat 3196 in later years). I decided to stay away from Post, as much as I respect the build quality, but that's another story. We bought our Ocean after an extensive search and a lot of disappointment along the way. We crawled through far too many boats that were poorly maintained, overfished, run hard and put away wet. We got lucky finding this boat when we did. Upper Connecticut River, fresh water, only 300 hours on the mains and well maintained by a very knowledgeable original owner. She doesn't really need anything, but we're doing some upgrades this winter: Awlgrip the non-skid in cockpit, platform and gunwales, new EZ2CY, new cockpit bolsters, properly rewire the factory mess in the battery box, halogen conversion to LED everywhere, underwater lights and maybe add a 12v fresh water pump. And have to figure out something with a tender. The tapered beam at the transom limits choices here. Wish I had the hydraulic davit like Trinimax's, but cant justify that cost. Two things I'd change about this boat: More aft deadrise would dramatically improve down-sea handling and a bigger bed in the master to fit my fat ass. Counting the days to Spring here in the Northeast. Cheers.