8. Be comfortable. Your boat is your home. Make it livable; make it cozy, pretty and comfortable. This is particularly important for the husband who's wife is an unwilling/hesitant participant in their dream - if your boat isn't comfortable for her - trust me, you will be miserable and your cruising plans will be cut short. That doesn't mean you have to go out and buy a top of the line boat, but make sure the boat you chose is comfortable and nice. Similarly, if you buy a boat on Craigslist for $5,000 - you'd better be ready to fix things...a lot.