For your choice of cruising area I would suggest a boat with no more than a five foot draft
. Size (LOA) will not really be a factor of your cruising area choice, but a result of your comfort and personal adaptation. Storage
is a factor. We are very comfortable with 50 gallons of water
per person per month away from a source to refill. Some do with less. You don't mention your prospective home port, but most areas have local cruising clubs.