I'm retired so available anytime. FYI I've never gone Marlin fishing though it's been on my bucket list for a long time. Grew up in San Diego so I've caught my share of yellowtail, albacore, yellowfin, mahi mahi.
my experience is that if you are targeting marlin your chances increase in a cruiser vs panga, not saying it cant be done its just seems you get more chances
marlin fishing is trolling and sight fishing so a fish finder i
down there doesn't give you an advantage
When I had dough i used to go alone all the time...had a panga and a great skipper that would come down to the melia and pick me up there so i could avoid the cab ride and the hassle of the harbor.. things were much cheaper then but had some of the best trips of my life then...miss it alot ..