We have a 24 ft pontoon boat LOL, a small fishing boat, and a jet ski are all the experience we have but looking at a 2000 380 Sundancer to cruise to Bahamas. So our intent is to cruise the Florida panhandle for the next 5-6 years gaining experience. Then once our youngest leaves the nest ( 4 years), we will cruise the Keys and then to the Bahamas. Our ultimate goal is to be able to live about 6 months on the boat and be home for about 6 months. We are not independently wealthy, just hard working folks...so my question is...is the 380 Sundancer with mercruisers the model we should be looking at or should we be focusing our search on Diesel engines? I am a firm believer in buy it once and buy it right but our budget is only around $100K - $150K for boat. We live in northwest Louisiana and plan to keep in a marina in Gulf Shores or surrounding area. What advice do you have for us newbies? We have so much to learn but are completely committed to making our dream happen. Thanks!