Originally Posted by sidekicknicholas
Supra Saltare (don't know when they switched to wood)
'92 was composite stringers. Some '92 were wood though. Easy way to tell is the wood boats have square windshields and composite boats have round windshields. Also look at Supra Sunsports. Same basic boat as a Saltare but smaller, has almost as much freeboard.
The thing I found when looking for my Saltare was $10k-$12k is about the price point for composite vs wood. Under $10k means you're looking at wood boats.
You didn't say where you're located, but a searching Craigslist I see these composite boats...
Personally under $10k I'd be looking for a Sunsport, Saltare, SNOB, BFN/Excel, or similar. If you want to go cheaper and just get a good boat for a couple seasons and then go to a newer composite boat in a few years just pick up a SN2001, Pirata, or something similar that has some freeboard so you can drive comfortably with some weight in it. Closed bow boats are priced a few thousand below open bow. Don't stress over wood in the short term. If you buy a boat that's in good condition and take care of it you won't have to worry about stringers for many years.
All depends on what you're coming from though. If your current boat is an I/O or outboard just get an inboard you like with no rot issues before summer. If you already have an older smaller wood stringer inboard, then wait to find what's right and save steadily to increase your budget as time goes on.