I am located in Waterford, that is in the Detroit area.
I think no-wood-stringers, open bow, well maintained, mechanically sound, in that price range are already a lot of features that makes the search difficult enough.
We want to use the boat with 4-6 people for wake-boarding and tubing (two tubes/ 4 people), hence the open bow.
So, if I dream a little about additional features, then I can think of a tower and bimini-top.
It will be our first boat and I do not want to drop so much $ just to realize by the end of the summer, that we never had enough time to get on the water (however, I highly doubt that).
We looked at a 89 Tristar, but the hull and upholstery needed too much time and $...