How many people on the boat?
When it was just my wife and I the 38' was perfect, plenty of room, plenty of storage
. When the kids
came into the equation it suddenly seemed small, we were looking for 40'-45' but ended up with a 47' Center Cockpit
, 3 cabin
layout, it has plenty of room for us and all our gear/provisions. I honestly couldn't tell you the square footage and wouldn't even want to try to measure that, too many angles and curves, but the layout works well, and trust me, we looked for three years, there are soooo many different layouts. The way a boat is laid out is so much more important than square footage.
It is about as big as I would want to handle/maintain since I do all my own maintenance
and cost is always in mind (less money
spent on the boat = more money
to use it) so decide what you want to do with it, then go to boat shows, both new and used to see what works for you.
I don't know the boat shows in your neck of the woods but do know that the annual boat show
in the fall in Newport
RI runs at the same time as the used boat show
and is also a nice time of year to be there. You can see a lot of different ideas in a small amount of time. See what's offered out your way in the same vein. New boats have a lot of similar layouts due to market pressure and demands, several changes in overall layout trends have taken place over the period of fiberglass
boat building, some good, some not as good, looking at used as well as new may help find what will work for you, the variations are endless.
Like several things, size doesn't always matter, how it's used is just as important.