Thanks again everyone for all of the info.
Mauritz, there used to be some boats like that in Key West
that I remember from when I lived there on Cow Key Channel ( floaters ) After almost 40 years in construction you would be surprised what I can do with a saws-all, nail-gun and lumber
I am leaning towards the 50 because of more room. They both are owners version with 3 cabin
. The big ticket items like sails
are fairly new and low hours on generator and main engine
. On the 50 there is room for a washer/dryer, more room for the children
and home schooling, more room in the galley
for the wife. More water and fuel
tankage, a lot bigger refer/freezer. Room for some of my tools. I am mechanically inclined and will be doing the maintenance
myself. More room for water sports stuff. These are all items that I have been thinking about for several months.
I would not be happy if I got the 43 wishing I would have got the 50 instead. If I did make the wrong choice I think it would be easier to downsize than to upsize. Iím not looking at this purchase
as a stepping stone, this could be our home for the next ten years or more if the family
is happy. Iím still a couple of months away from taking the plunge ( I have to finish building a couple homes ) so research