Ive decided to look for a 13-15 ft. boston whaler or mckee craft. I am new to boating, but have heard the old addage about the best2 days of a boat owners life being the days he buys and sells his boat Even after hearing this 100 times, Id still like to go about finding the above type of boat. So far, I have read to look for the following problems: obvious hull damage or water soaked hulls, engine compression issues, engine maintenance issues, specifically gear oil change schedule, date of last power pack, ect. When it comes to maintenance, ive read up on flushing the outboard, changing its gear oil,plugs/power pack as necessary. This will be a salt water boat so id assume washing the boat\trailer afterward goes slong with thouroughly flushing the motor....but what else comes to mind? Anyway, i know that this is a complicated area, but I plan on learning, and am a stickler for maintenance and taking care of my stuff. Im aso trying to keep it simple by sticking to boats with no wood to rott and outboard 2 cycle engines for simplicity/reliability and initial cost. Any advice or resources is greatly appreciated.