Some points and observations:
o Having a friend that ripped one of her rudders off because it was the deepest part of the boat, I'd really suggest a boat with fixed keels in a short handed, large a boat as you're contemplating.
o When I was thinking of the size boat that would be okay for my wife and I, I wanted one that either of us could single
hand for the most part. I did not want to have to wake up the off watch person to help reef, tack, or change the sail plan. With this as an objective, automation is a necessity and certainly added to the complexity of the boat. I have to assume you've made that consession. You will probably have to have electronic winches, all lines coming back to the cockpit
is a big plus, electric
windless, self tacking headsails, autopilot
base charting, VHF radio
at the helm
, chart plotting at the helm
in your planned cruising area - at the helm, electronic sounding bell, perhaps in boom furling
, electric davits
(may not be completly necessary), dual anchoring
system, Genset, A/C and all the other creature comforts (Ice maker, dishwasher, trash compactor!)
I'd add the St Francis to the list
I'd include any boat down to 44 feet. For two people it is a LOT of boat/space! What are you going to do with six cabins?
Some additional observations. Due to your beam, finding a place to haul, and a place to dock
will be a challenge. Think 25 foot, or possibly higher beam. You will have to come out on lifts that are normally used for the 100+ footers, you'll almost assuredly have to be on a Tee dock
. Since you have already experienced docking
on a large boat with high windage, I won't mention anything in that area except to say it is larely the same issues. Except, I am not sure if I recall
any bow thrusters on the large cats. You can certainly use the twin engines, but that may take a little getting used to if you're accostomed to the thrusters.