Think seriously about Speedoo's advice regarding size!
I own a Hunter
30 and it is a great boat for a singlehander, a bit cramped for a husband and wife sharing the v-berth, but next to impossible for an extra one or two persons.
I know, "guys" can adapt to just about anything. NOT!! When you want to sit up reading your book, but you have to drop the table so Charlie has a place to sleep, you will soon grow tired of the arrangement. Please note that I didn't mention using the quarter-berth for Charlie's bed
. With two or more persons aboard, it's already full of gear
, dive bags, you name it.
I suggest you think about purchasing
a larger boat if you plan to bring a couple of your buddies along for the cruise
. Get it surveyed before buying
and be prepared to replace failing systems before venturing offshore
. Try to cut corners and Mother Nature will bite your butt for sure, usually at the worst time and in a place where good repair facilities are few and far between.
Finally, RT also offers some good advice. Set your sights on the Bahamas before worrying about heading further south. Many of us visited the Bahamas and never felt a need to tackle the "Thorny Path".