Yeah. Its just this will be my FIRST boat that I have on my own (I've always fished from my dad's, which is like having my own) so I want to get it right from the beginning, but realize that may not be possible. I try to consider the type of fishing I normally do with my dad's CS and want to continue with that style, but also looking to expand my horizons and possibly get more into sight fishing (which I love but don't get a chance to do much). I will still likely use my dad's boat for our camping trips because of the room for all our junk. I'm just having a hard time defining that line between having a comfortable skiff that is family friendly and fits with the type of fishing we do most of the time, and one that will open up new avenues to styles of fishing I would like to explore and give me more range. All that and still fit in my garage!Whatever you get is going to be a huge upgrade in ride, fishability, and utility from a CS.
Wouldn't over think it - if you liked the Maverick it's awfully hard to go wrong with one in Florida. Buy a used one in decent shape that fits your budget and call it a day. After you use it for a few years, you will find things you like/don't like and can consider for your next one!
Still researching and I do plan on attending that show on Sunday. I am reconsidering my budget for sure now. I started way back when with 15k, then went to mid 20s now considering north of there if I can find something that really "fits". I'm all about buying the best I can afford and buying once (or at least for a long time).