I owend a couple 26 foot outboard
powered sailboat that I took to the Bahamas
on 5 or 6 trips of 1 - 2.5 months each, most were in a Westerly Centaur which as more interior
space than most 26-foot boats.
A smaller boat can get the job done, but personally, for not much more than you mentioned, I'm currently purchasing
a 30 foot Morgan Out Island
which will have notably more space and a solid inboard engine
. (I know there was another on the market with an asking price of 12.5K) While I got by and had many wonderful trips in a 26-footer with an outboard, unless trailering is really important to you, I really think it's worth considering an inboard diesel
and a boat with a bit more space for trips to the Bahamas. Also consider the shape the trailer is in. Replacing a trailer in a couple years can cost almost as much as the boat you are considering.
Another thing to look into is insurance
. Insuring a 26-foot boat on a trailer with an outboard for Bahamas coverage may prove problematic.
I think you will also find that 30-foot boat costing around 10K may not cost you any more to dock/store or insure than a 26-footer. My docks charge for a minimum of 30 feet and insurance
is going to cost X amount regardless fo the boat length.