having fished a lot of days on the sound from both aluminum and glass boats, glass is the hands down winner if you want to be able to fish every day and not worry about your back. I fish out of a 17' grady which have been going for about 10-12.5k on craigslist. My friend just sold his lund and bought a 17' whaler. (an old outrage i think) And it was 11k. The aluminum boats are easy launch and beat around on the beach. they are not a comfortable ride in any sort of chop and basically can ruin a day of fishing if the wind comes up. There is an ease that comes with having an aluminum boat and it stays in your price range, but your days out on the water are limited by weather. If you want to fish year round in the sound from a smaller boat, i think you need a glass hull. if you want to fish just the nice days, then an aluminum boat will get the job done.