We currently live a couple hours from the Texas gulf coast and we are currently considering purchasing our first salt-water boat. We hope to use the boat as a weekend destination and for day-trips in order to gain more knowledge and experience so that we might consider more extensive boat journeys in our retirement years. We have a lifetime of experience on freshwater lakes, including several Sea Ray's, but minimal experience with salt water. We welcome your thoughts and recommendations as to minimum/maximum boat size and layout for an entry-level into salt-water boating and marina life on the gulf coast. Thank you!