Thanks everyone! Really great points.
It will be my husband and two children
so i think the 50ft would be fine in that regard. Having grown up on a 42ft mono i'm certainly going to appreciate the space on a cat and i agree that the 2 extra feet might not make much difference in most cases. I see the point of the beam though but again the difference in the beam of both is not much. Both are well over 21ft. Salina is 25.25ft and Admiral is 27.67ft so looks like haul out
will be a major issue either way. We're going to have to seriously plan ahead for haul out
on either one.
As for night shift, do you think if we reef down (more than day) at night this would help with handling the boat with one person? Being able to handle the boat single
handed is important to us because if either one of us injures ourself or similar we want to be able to manage the boat. For this reason I want everything to come back to the helm
and will look at making this possible on any boat we choose. I"m not so worried about docking
since if we had to do it alone (emergency only) there is likely to be at least one person around who could help on shore. But even if there wasn't we'd work it out. Winging it is what we do best lol, hence the name.