Stephanie Martin and Tom Lane are out cruising for the second time. They've spent the last four and a half years in the Caribbean aboard a Gulfstar CSY 50, Mima--a boat that couldn't be more different from their first one. In the late 1980s, they cruised the Bahamas aboard a 40-foot ferro-cement boat they describe as a "purist's" vessel: full-keel, windvane self-steering, kerosene lamps, no shower. Mima has an aft cabin, two heads, two showers, 400-gallon water tanks plus watermaker, a genset, the latest electronics in the cockpit, and a 125-horsepower engine in an 8- by 14-foot space with standing headroom. "I really think there's no limit to the size of boat you can have once you have the right equipment," said Stephanie. "At first I thought this boat would be way too big for us, but now I don't think it is at all," she said. "We've got a furling jib but not a furling main. We keep the slides greased, and I put the main up by myself all the time; you just head it up into the wind and put on the autopilot. With the electric windlass, I can put the anchor up and down. I can get the dinghy up and down on a halyard. I've singlehanded our boat, and it's fine." She particularly likes the privacy of having doors between cabins. "For what we're doing in the Caribbean, I wouldn't change anything about my boat." If they were going to do more ocean voyaging, and if money weren't an issue, Stephanie's ideal boat would be a Tayana 55 or a Sundeer. For cruising the ICW or the Great Lakes, she and Tom would choose a trawler, "probably a DeFever 44," she said.