All, Recently joined the forum and I lam looking forward to learning as much as possible. The Admiral and I sold a 26 foot Bayliner (cruiser) a couple years ago when she was pregnant with our first. Now a couple years later and we are ready to jump back in. We are in the hunt for a 30 foot range used 2003-2006 cruiser. I really like both the 290 and the 310. I have also looked at (sorry) the sundancer(s). Not looking for a SR verses Chap conversation but I am curious for everyone's thoughts on the 290 and the 310. I did a few searches and really didn't find much other than the the leaks issue (top by arch) for 2005 and older models. What else? Boating history: I grew up boating in lake erie (fishing). Had a boat most of my life. My last boat as mentioned was the bayliner ciera 26. Good little boat but ready to move up in size and fit/finish. I'm a decent wrench but prefer a professional. I am a decent captin but have a lot to learn. Taken a few courses but have just cut the surface. How we use the boat: I (we) don't do much entertaining. Very seldom we will have another couple join us an cruise "downtown" (annapolis) and find a moring ball. Never overnight with another couple (never had the space or desire). Typically it is just my wife and I so I assume it will now be my wife, myself, and my 2 year old son. We like to travel to a "destination" and stay on a hook. I have always had some sort of dinghy that I have used for fishing and to get to shore as needed/desired (west marine roll up before). We boat exclusively on the bay but I would like to make a longer trip down to virginia beach if we get a bigger boat. What I think are on my "must have" list: Genset Windless AC/Heat So now my questions (minus price): 310 verses 290? Opinions given the above mentioned use? Options? What should be on my "must have" list and why?i Engines? (I don't pull people and typically just "cruise" (20-25 MPH in old boat) to destination Props/outdrives to get it out of the water? Just a note: love the chaps and looks like a great group of folks/forum. I am excited to learn more and will be doing some searches. Sorry if i post to some old topics but it's my way of learning. Thanks in advance for the responses. Look forward to getting some opinions. PS: going to go look at a 290 tomorrow so very interested in everyone's opinions.