Outboard engines can be prone to unreliable operation if their carburetors are not kept clean, or they are not used enough. There is no reason to rely on service technicians to keep you going when it is an easy thing to learn how to keep your motor running.
Ethanol has caused havoc among the cruising communities worldwide. How to deal with it is not difficult, as a veteran cruising sailor takes us through the process of fixing a carburetor that no longer works.
If you are doing the Loop, ICW, northern canals, or other waterway cruises that involves narrow rivers or canals, reacquaint yourself with the proper signals for passing other boats and marine traffic.
When you dream of the perfect boat for all the cruising dreams you want to do now, stop thinking you need a battleship. Take a chill pill and read about a couple who went way beyond the cruising plans of most anyone wanting to liveaboard and see the world.