Newbie here. This is my first post. I've been lurking in the shadows reading for a week or so and just signed up yesterday. Here's my situation: I commute to work from Sacramento to San Francisco on Mondays and then back to Sacto on Fridays. During the week I work in the finanicial district. Currently I rent a bedroom 5 miles from the office which is in an area that is scheduled for re-development. Once I get a 90 day notice, I am forced to move but like any development project, the date keeps slipping. Currently they expect to send out notices in Fall/Winter 2013 which gives me all year to shop! Because of the redevelopment, I can leave at any time I find a good deal and break my lease without any penalty. So, I'm looking for a boat that I can spend 4 nights a week on. Being a Newbie I've spent a little time on YachtWorld and think that I am narrowing down my search. Here is my wish list (so far): 35-45 foot LOA Trying to stay with a boat made in 2000 or newer Budget $200,000 or less Twin Diesels only, no gas Small cockpit area that leaves more area for the other living areas, etc Salon on the same level as the cockpit. I will be also doing some entertaining (and maybe some light fishing) and like the flow of the floor plans. Steps down to the galley and/or berths OK. So far, I've looked at the Carver Voyagers and Mariners. I like the exteriors of the V'gers better. Also looked at Silverton, Navagators and a couple of Sea Rays. Is there anything else out there that would fit? I also don't know much about the quality differeneces in the boats. If I lined all of them up would thay all be Chevys or would one be a Chevy, one a Caddy and one be a Maseratti. Any help would be appreciated. You guys are great!!