Been reading this thread and others like it. My 2 cents worth now. Never understood "living in a cave" statement at all. We looked at many mono-hulls, from 26'-40'. One thing in common, they all step down into a dark cabin
. If sun not shining or many lights on, dark, period. We really wanted a roomy mono, but with draft
issues, only 4-8 weeks a year to sail and wanting to see some things, we could not justify a sailer. The purchase price
was much higher for the sail boat(for a good one set up as we wanted), really not trailerable unless we bought a very expensive and seldom used trailer, and the weather
on our lakes(LOTW,Superior,Michigan) made sailer fall way off the list. We bought a 28' Four Winns very reasonable, fantastic comfort and living area for the 4-8 weeks get-away we do, and as far as fuel issue, will have to spend many years cruising to make up the difference that we would have assumed with purchase
of larger sailer. Our draft is near 3' with motor
full down, mush less if trimmed. Fuel usage is in the .65-.85 range(350 chevy, somewhat underpowered for 30 m.p.h. but great for the 10-15 mph that the "stable-Vee allows for on plane). Fuel can and ofter is $4.25 range. At this rate we would have to use 29,400 gallons to be at break even. Not saying what is best, but I have always felt that fun is expensive, just how much is a person willing to spend on it. We have enough room for the 2 of us,for a liveability aspect,more than enough storage
and space that the wife needs, and a cost effectiveness that will keep me smiling at the gas pumps for years. My 2 cents worth.