You make some valid points and I don't disagree. But the OP DID say he planned to "camp out" and occasionally do some sailing.
My advice has always been to try it first, preferably by crewing
. And if I didn't give that advice in this thread, you could look it up in others.
And the weather
and winds in and around Toronto are invariably salubrious.
Just was at the boat show
tonight and took a look at the Beneteaus. I assume the one you're talking about is the 34, but I did cast a glance at the 37 as well.
Either would suit your main purpose.
But I wouldn't have one on a bet.
That's because IF you were sailing and IF you hit some weather
(and, yes, it happens) neither boat is going to be comfortable and safe.
That huge cockpit
scares me, especially the way the coaming vanishes near the stern. Short people are going to be hanging on for dear life it they're on the high side and (because of the angle of the coaming) sliding out if they're on the low side.
There are no (or almost no) handholds below. Trying to move around in the saloon
in even a moderate sea would be playing like pinball from the inside.
Going down the companionway
would also be a dance. The only handhold is on the port side and you have to go down two steps down before you can grab it.
OTOH, at the dock
both would be VERY comfortable.
If you're looking for a new boat (and you have the cash) go talk to Slavek at North Lakes Yachting and get him to put you into a Delphia 33. I don't know the pricetag but it's in the same ball park and it's an incomparably better boat. (INHO. YMMV)
And it's probably almost as nice a cottage at the Bennie.