Been away for several days. I've been soaking up as I can on our first boat. We bought a 1988 Wellcraft Aruba 232 Cruiser with a Hydolift and our slip rent at our local marina paid until next May. It has a Mercruiser 350 Magnum stem drive with an Alpha 1 outdrive. It has a nice cabin with plenty of sleeping room for my family of 4, a small head, sink, shower, cooktop, and fridge. It only has 335 hours in it, and has 2 previous owners, both locals, who have kept it stored on a lift since new. We got into it for $6500. I took the online safety course, and got my vessel endorsement, and we bought the kids sporting PFDs and some nice tubes. I have taken it out a couple of times, and the depth finder is very helpful here. I'm on the Tennessee River/Guntersville Lake. I am getting the feel of navigating the channel, and building confidence. The family has never been together as much and enjoying it as we are now. I'm going to have my cooling system checked and my annual service done next week as a precaution by a friend and trusted boat mechanic. She runs a little hot when pushed accordin to the gauge. I just want to make sure we're good before we set off I local adventures. We should have done this a long time ago.