I used to run a lot of family
charters aboard cats, and one very important consideration, more so than LOA
, is how your group is going to be allocated across the cabins. For example, young girls are fine with sharing a cabin
, young boys -- less likely, can some of the kids
sleep in the main salon
, how is your group going to share the heads based upon layout of the boat, etc. Its fun for them to sleep on the forward safety
nets too -- weather
permitting -- great ventilation there also (so you might want to consider keeping this option for yourself!).
space is ample on either boat so not a big deal. The 2' LOA
difference is not going to make a big difference in accomodation space or sailing performance. So, I suggest considering the cabin layout of each versus your intended use.
I don't think the LOA will make much difference for your purposes, but the newer boat might -- if indeed the systems are in better condition -- hard to determine this from afar though. I suggest just ask the company straight up which boat's systems and engines are in better shape -- hopefully they will give you a straight answer.