I am looking into buying a 40-43 foot express cruiser although I may go a little larger. I have only been boating for a year and would like to get a boat with a couple of cabins. I currently have an Aviara Av32 day boat with two 350 mercury outboards. My boat has a joystick which has made docking a joy. I am thinking of getting a boat with Volvo IPS Pod drives, for the joystick. I see on this site people don’t seem to like the pod drives much. I know that pods cost more to buy and maintain, but it seems to be worth it. I am also looking into some boats with just a bow thruster which I am told just takes a little practice. I bought my boat at MarineMax and like their service and the fact that they have a captain that will train me as much as I want. They sell Galeon Boats, I was thinking about the 425 HTS (with Volvo IPS Pod drives) and the Galeon 420 fly (Which they do not sell with the IPS drives). I like the idea of a fly Bridge and may get a bow Thruster and add a Stern Thruster I do not plan to travel far; I live in southern New Jersey and will go between New York and Maryland at first. Any feedback is appreciated.