Just grow some balls and tell her, “Woman, I’m going to buy a new boat if I please.” Also, before you do that, let us know to which funeral home we should send flowers, or your charity of choice in lieu of flowers.I've been very conservative with finances. Maybe too conservative. I could easily afford a new lower but would rather upgrade from a 20+ year old 2 stroke. I just don’t have the leverage with my wife right now. She says she wants a lake house if I buy a boat lol. We don't see eye to eye when it comes to a 2nd property (id rather rent by the week and buy hunting land, which she says is not useful to her) or the "need" for a new boat. "Before you buy a boat we should do xyz...". Then I admit, I don't NEED a shiny new boat to catch fish... but then again, what am I to do with what I've accumulated?
Now I'm getting into the weeds and too personal lol. Bottom line is I don't see the need for a new lower unless there are real signs of damage. A little water has potential to cause damage but it "appears" I caught it in time. No abnormal metal shavings or chunks. No noises I'm aware of.