I think the main mast is keel
stepped. On the 37 we had surveyed there is no compression
post for the mizzen mast, the deck
support sagged, couldn't close the door to the aft head.
The six years we lived aboard we cruised for three years. While cruising we hardly ever went into a marina, so size wasn't an issue. The other three years were spent in marinas
, mostly getting the boat ready to go cruising.
After we sold
the 41 we bought a house. We recently bought a Whitby 42 but with a house to maintain it will spend a fair amount of time in a marina, hence the concern about length. The Whitby would make a great cruising boat, but again, having a house will limit the amount of cruising time. Wish we had found it when we bought the Irwin