If building is what you have in mind and you have a family as well, consider that the old tris like my beloved Searunner, all have stringers, and hundreds of "parts". You can probably build a Marples CC 42 for about the same or LESS time and money than a Searunner 37, or Cross 37, etc. It has a very similar layout... and while it would be no larger inside, your accommodations would be on a longer waterline. There is a version with main hull
extensions (bunk blisters), that really open up the interior
Along with a hard dodger
and canvass cockpit
enclosure, this would be quite a home! The CC system and epoxy
joinery really changed boatbuilding. If you found a CC mold
already built, or went halves with another builder
on the mold
and the construction building, it could cut cost drastically! I've built my three boats and am DONE, but if I were to build another, that is what I'd build. The interior is SO much easier to build and maintain without stringers. This is also true about interior painting, wiping out mildew, and basically living on the boat.
I feel that our Searunner 34 was proportionately the best version of the best design in the older tris, and many agree. (discounting that the 40 is TWICE as big!) That would be nice... Nevertheless, Jim and John's partnership
continued on. John's CC series, while similar, are sleeker, faster, and less complicated across the board. This applies to the structure, the interior, and the rig. This is why you could have a longer cc Marples, for perhaps less.
Study, workout, save your money, get obsessed... it's a hell of a ride!