Originally Posted by tuffr2
To take the wife I need a hardtop for shade, and at least semi-comforable. Oh, she liked the 38' Fountain..ugh.
Key point: shop for boats with good heads. And then if you intend to overnight, with other key "comfort" features your wife can likely list. Then find a boat wrapped around those key features.
Some center consoles have minimal sleeping quarters; Grady and Boston in the 30' range both come to mind as examples. Those are the high-priced spread, but other's likely exist too. (Stamas? etc.)
Otherwise, cuddy cabins can probably work
Beam can affect towing rules. Up to 10' is usually OK but days/hours are often slightly restricted. Shouldn't be a big deal for planned towing, but research
on the topic will likely be useful.
In my mind, two outboards are better than 3, 4, 8, whatever. (I would probably even prefer 1, for coastal work
and with unlimited towing insurance
is even better... but that comes with additional issues, there aren't that many models in the "short" range, etc.