Think seriously about Speedoo's advice
I own a Hunter
30 and it is a great boat for a singlehander, a bit cramped for a husband and wife sharing the v-berth, but next to impossible for an extra one or two persons.
I know, "guys" can adapt to just about anything. NOT!! When you want to sit up reading your book, but you have to drop the table so Charlie has a place to sleep, you will soon grow tired of the arrangement. Please note that I didn't mention using the quarter-berth for Charlie's bed
. With two or more persons aboard, it's already full of gear
, dive bags, you name it.
I suggest you think about purchasing
a larger boat if you plan to bring a couple of your buddies along for the cruise
. Get it surveyed before buying
and be prepared to replace failing systems before venturing offshore
. Try to cut corners and Mother Nature will bite your butt for sure, usually at the worst time and in a place where good repair
facilities are few and far between.
Finally, RT also offers some good advice
. Set your sights on the Bahamas before worrying about heading further south. Many of us visited the Bahamas and never felt a need to tackle the "Thorny Path".