I'm not ruling anything out, as every boat is a compromise. I do have a set of priorities though.
(as I define it) which is more about condition and initial build quality than a fin/full thing. My goal is to sail to Hawaii
and back, so I must feel comfortable with it making the trip. Room for us, a 7 year old boy, and a dog should be a must too.
Some others are "want" and thus open to differing priorities. I'd like decent light air performance, but it's not a deal breaker. I'd like decent storage
and toys. I'd like to be able to take ourselves and another couple out for a few days, children
optional (so two cabins with actual doors). I'd like enough water capacity for six people for a week trip without dealing with a watermaker
. The admiral would like a nice interior
with lots of light, not so much a cave.
Other stuff is more along the lines of "nice if it has, but I can always add it later." I'm decently handy with boat work. Among that stuff is fridge and freezer
, self steering
We're very flexible, although so far our favorite together has been a Beneteau
393. We'll look at anything and evaluate the pluses and minuses.