I need some advice. My wife informs me we are in the market for a boat. She is bored with my enjoyment of back country fishing and wants to enjoy the Bahamas and a "comfortable" boat. We started looking at 35' range boats and quickly realized our late middle aged bodies (and dogs) would prefer an air conditioned convertible salon during the heat of the day. Now we are looking at a 50' Hatteras and a 54' Bertram in the late 90's to mid 2000's. I always liked the looks and ride of Bertram but my wife likes the room in the Hatteras. I always thought Hatteras were designed to make the largest wake possible. Buddy Davis is my favorite but a broker friend tells me they are inconsistent and problematic. I have been out of offshore boats for 20 years and need some current advice. My questions are 1) what is a realistic cost to operate and maintain boats in this range and 2) what is the better boat in that date and size range? The used market looks like we can buy a decent boat for an incredible price right now and I am inclined to do so once I get a handle on cost of ownership. Any advice is greatly appreciated.