We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Steiger, Parker and early Privateer's were all made basically from the same molds - the same guy designed the base hull for all three manufacturers although they will claim otherwise. The original Privateers are no longer being made.
Bracketed boats are ok - I'm not a big fan of hanging a bracket off the stern. There are reasons - longer is faster given the same horsepower, you get a little better yaw control, but you sacrifice pitch as the boat becomes very twitchy even in moderate chop - hard to maintain level cruise. Basically the bracket is there to put the engine back out of the way of the cockpit increasing interior space and the designers take advantage of that.
Short brackets, like the hydraulic jack plate I have on my Ranger, work much better in my opinion because you also have the ability to move the engine up and down in addition to tilt. That is a big plus as you can grab lots of water or not for different sea state conditions.
I haven't heard it called Decoration Day since we moved from small-town Indiana in the late '30s, where everyone went to the graveyard (not cemetery) to decorate graves with peonies, then have a picnic, at the graveyard. If there was a military connection to the day, we didn't know about it.