"the ability to do blue water
passages, as I plan to do that in the future."
Hmmm. Toward the small end for blue water
, but it certainly is done. Toward the small end for live aboard, too, but again, lots of people do it. Are you single
and single-handed? It would be very tight for two.
Fin keels are a bit more modern, so all other things being equal probably sail a bit tighter. Fin keels and spade rudders are not much fun if you run aground while full keels protect the rudder
As Fore and Aft suggests, there are bigger issues for a live-aboard
than keel design, and neither boat
is all that good for your goals.