So this is a bit of a follow up to a post I made a few weeks ago for a buddy looking for a 38-42 ft boat. He has since decided to go with an express style, but I am sold on a fly bridge/convertible as is (more importantly) my wife. We are a lil bit away from pulling to trigger but a little research/healthy debate never hurt anyone. Please please please do not turn this thread into a flame war...I need honest options from those who own/had been on these boats.
We are looking for a 38-45 footer that will be used for offshore fishing as well as cruising, needs to have two cabins and sleep 4-6. Head with a separate shower, and washer/dryer would be nice. Deisel only, and good economy at cruise is important. I'm not as worried about top speed but near 30 would be nice with a 21-26 cruise. I want a boat that can handle some seas as it will be used for some journeying (down to fl/Bahamas and up to Maine) and you can't allways chose your days.
The top contender (I would love to get on the deck of one) is the ocean 43 SS, with luhrs/silverton and henriques (low due to price) in the mix as well. We are looking at spending around 200k, so we can do open checkbook maintenance/upkeep on it.
So what is everyone's opinions? Who has the best hull? Mileage/economy? Handling? Speed? Appointments?