Lord save me, the hunt continues. AND THE HUNT ENDS (I hope) Last year we decided to move up the boating scale, adding a cruiser to our "fleet". We finally settled on the 28-29 foot range, and almost bought a '99 Monterey 296. Then stuff happened and we had to put things on hold. It's off hold now. I love my wife, and she is just as enthusiastic about getting the boat as I am, and we have the same priorities for the boat. But I'm fighting against "it". As in "I know it when I see it", and "that's not it". I've bounced every reasonable make/model/size combination off of her trying to find "it". Sometimes she will look at two boats of the same make/model/year/features, and say "this one is close", but the other one "is not even close". But no specific reasons why. I'm beginning to wonder what a bullet would taste like. So today I took her to a broker yard so we can look at a number of boats in the size range, and she could get a feel for them. Guess what she liked. She liked the Bayliner 305. Can I get salt for that bullet? Maybe ketchup? We did look at Sea Rays, but most of them were out of our price range, and neither of us is a fan of the 290 layout. But after the Bayliner incident, I figured it was time for a hail-mary pass. I looked around some more, expanded the price criteria a bit, and found several 2000 310's that looked promising. I sent her the info, and waited for the "that's not it". "I like it" The heavens parted, the angels wept, and a bullet was spared a short but messy trip through my cranium. So, we are now officially looking for a 2000 era 310 ('99-'02, if I remember the model breakouts properly). I've started reading the 310 thread, but there's a LOT to chew through. We would prefer outdrives, as I intend to dry-rack the boat when not in use, and like the performance/economy gains. What should I be looking out for? What are the pitfalls of the 310's of this era? How prevalent are the head-gasket/water ingestion issues in the 5.7's of that era (most likely what we will end up with). Any relevant advice would be most welcome. Thanks!