There are hundreds of small boats for sale
all over the place, You dont need 27 to 32 ft. You're there for an adventure so most of your time will be spent outside anyway so why take extra space with you you don't need. Lots of people have cruised the Bahamas
and many places much further afeild in boats much smaller than 30ft.
My boat, a PSC25, has been all over the western and north Pacific
and the Aluetians down the west coast
thru the canal all round the islands, north to Florida
and over to Texas
where I bought her. She was in rough shape so I got her for a song. Now I know you don't have the time for a rebuild
so you HAVE to go smaller.
Small boats are plenty safe contrary to what some here might think. Mine survived hurricane
Ike even thought she did take a pounding and I put her back in the water
by hand with the help of a few strong friends. None of the big boats got back for another 2weeks after mine and at huge cost ($2500 to $22000).
My point is don't miss the chance for an adventure like this at all costs. The boat doesn't have to be fabulous just mostly seaworthy
. Use your brain and don't take really big chances(small ones are ok) but go. If you don't I can vouch for the fact you will be kicking yourself when you get to 50 for not just doing it. I'm dieing of boredom and would love to be able to take an adventure. I'm just afraid I might really die before I get to have another adventure.
Go small, go cheap
, but go while you have the chance...............m