Agree 100% with your opening sentence. The cuddy cabin was a great boat for what we bought it for initially. When we started out, the cabin was a great place to throw the kids (they were smaller) for loading/unloading. Plus a good place to store stuff. Many naps happened in that cabin, and it worked well. So we still think this was the right boat to purchase when we did. I'm not a pontoon fan myself and had dismissed them for that reason. However, the reasons make sense and I could get converted going back to buying a boat for the mission and for what we're doing. I also like your suggestion of a deck boat and we'll look into those as well. For what we're looking for now, no real reason why a pontoon won't work. I figure in a few years they'll be ready to ski and we'll be looking for something else again anyway.