I looked for a solid performer with a solid industry name. Something that I would not get bored with in 1-3 season's time, and something that I was unlikely to see besides my own.
If I had it to do over again, I would have looked for a 28 Active Thunder. However, I had found a 26' Sonic with an HP500EFI (which was rare for a 1999 vintage), and I have NO regrets. I was bored with the boat during/after the 3rd season, and jumped to a 37 Active Thunder before the my 4th season with the Sonic.