we did the same thing as many others have, although we looked for 5 years before we purchased our "home". My dh wanted a steel
45-50 no teak
. I am only 4'11 and a 50 boat looked mighty big
, I also wanted something that "If" something happened and one of us were airlifted off "I" could get the boat someplace safe, and feel comfortable about doing it.
Neither one of us were familure with the HC, we found her by going to yachtworld and instead of putting in a type of boat we put in our price
range, at the bottom of many pages came the HC, we feel in love with her design, joined the HC board to ask a load of questions about them. She sails
well in light air...our slogan is "we won't get anywhere real fast, but we will enjoy the sights along the way" anyway for a 33' boat she has a ton of storage
space, we have had company on boad for several days and never felt cramped due to the double stern cabin
with its own hanging locker and a queen pullman to port, and her galley
is very nice, she has more space than some 40's we went on...But its not what really anyone says the moment you walk on board of many boats you will know when you have found your home...enjoy all the boats you look at and when you find your home take care of her and she will take care of you.