When I was in high school, I spent some weekends with my Uncle/Cousins on their ski boat. I also had experience boating while in the Navy. Wife's family owned a cottage on a nice lake northwest of Detroit, Mich.. They had a ski boat and a couple of small aluminum boats. She spent a lot of weekends at the cottage and on the ski boat when she was in high school. We wound up buying a 1989 16' Bowrider while living south of Denver, CO. It had a little 4 cylinder engine, but could pull up two water skiers (with full throttle...lol). We mainly used it for fishing and "beaching"/relaxing on the sandy shore at a local reservoir. When we moved to North Carolina, didn't want to haul the boat there, so co-signed it to the Dealer we bought it from. While living in NC, started looking for a full-size cabin cruiser, but found out just how much work it would be to have one, let alone hauling it around. Came here to Florida in early 2009 and ended up buying a 1992 19' Cuddy Cabin w/a nice V-8 I/O engine. This thing can really "get up and go"! Have had it on the local river here, once on the Intracoastal in Daytona Beach and a very short time right outside the Ponce Inlet on the ocean. We have found out that we like lake boating much more than boating here. Unfortunately, a lot of the lakes in Florida a pretty shallow. We've been thru two Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Classes and still don't know what the heck we are looking at as far as buoys and some Warning signs go. We will be darn glad to go back to lake boating in Colorado, when we move.