Sounds like a perfect 1st time boat. CC's are the easiest to dock because you crew has 360 degree access. That 18 footer model is a breeze to trailer & launch. The 50 Mariner is on the small side so don't expect the boat to move more than 25 mph. However, the short shaft will allow you to glide over many sand bars and through skinny water with no worries. It's a good boat so long as you don't overload it with too many passengers.