I know a lot of these boats. I own a E40.
Here is what I think. Given your situation, esp. with your 2 daughters, you need a true 2 stateroom boat that you can find at a good price, and have the money
to get it right.
The E40 is a idea boat for your situation. Nice looking, center cockpit
with 2 very nice seperate staterooms and a nice center salon/galley/nav. You also have 2 seperate heads. Tankage is good. She sails
well. Will take you where you need to go. The cockpit
is fine for 4 or more. A nice aft deck
is a plus. Sloop
rigged, so not difficult to sail. Made in america with good build quality. A few of them are available right now on yachtworld at attractive prices. And a fairly active owners group. All pluses.
THe negatives of Endeavours are: Fuel
tanks are below the engine
in the bilge. Made of 0.125" aluminum
, they are prone to crevice corrosion
on the welds. It WILL need to be replaced if original. Contrary to popular belief, it is not that hard to do, just time consuming. A new tank from FLorida Marine
tanks (the original supplier ) is around 1000 usd. Figure 3 days to get it out max, and 2 to replace it.
The aluminum water tanks are in the upper bilge, should be ok. I ripped mine out. Still working on the best way to replace them...
step can be a problem. Mine is not.
The original port lights sucked. I have to replace them. Going with new found metal trimatrix. At 125 per port, not expensive. There are 16 of them.
4-108 is adequate for this boat. A bigger engine would just suck the diesel
faster. Get a good survey
This is not a boat to go to the extremes, but for most cruising it is a great boat. The others on your list imo have faults that cannot compare to the endeavour. Note the E43 is a MUCH different boat. I would not suggest it, but if your looking for a bigger boat, its a consideraton.
The hans Christians are high maintaince boats. Nice to look at but with more problems than you might be willing to tackle. A lot of good ones out there but they are pricy.
The valiants are great boats but in the price range you are looking at... you would be dealing with older boats that had major resin problems with the hull
. But no doubt the valiants can be great boats. Just not the best for a family of 4 IMO.
Same goes for the tayana 37
, the west sail 32, the southern cross... all good boats for a couple, but to me, not for a family.
The west sail 42 is a good boat if it was finished properly. But about your price range.
The whitby 42 is a good boat. The price is good. If you can find a good one.
Good luck on your search.