Which model is a tough question to answer. Let me explain why I bought the boat I did. I bought the 37.5 because I wanted a queen sized berth for my wife and I, as well as a vberth up front. I also wanted a queen sized berth in the salon
, and a full length couch so I could have a spot for 7 people. I also picked the 37.5 over the 40.5 or 45 legend because the 37.5 had the most usable interior
space. The larger versions added an extra head
up front which only really serves to crunch the vberth and give a closet as a head
. Very uncomfortable. Also, the draft
on the 37.5 is 4.5 feet instead of 5.5 or 6 feet unlike the other models so I can get into most anchorages
in my area. The mast
height is just the right height to get under the fixed bridges for the shortcuts in my area, too.
As for sailing characteristics, the legend series vs the others, the legends sail really, really well. Also, the 37.5 is light by comparison to similar vessels. I picked the 37.5 because she sails
even in light wind
. When others are at the dock
, I have had great sailing days. The flip side is she is a bit tender
. I tend to reef at about 20 knots for comfort admiral, crew and dogs
, not because she can't handle it.
The legend is also well balanced. Tankage is all centerline with water
in the vberth, and the fuel
in the aft cabin
. The waste tank is starboard and the stove
and fridge is port. All tanks
are polyethylene and easy to access.
As for other things: My boat has tremendous storage
. I can put months of stores on board, no joking. I also wanted a Yanmar engine
, and my boat has one. She also has a full, L shaped galley
that faces into the salon
, so if you are cooking
, you're not with your face into the cabinets. She also has a folding prop, which has added to sailing performance.
Also, don't get wrapped up in the electronics
. My boat did not have 12 volt refrigeration
, or a helm
stationed GPS/chartplotter. I added the fridge, and a CPT autopilot
as I enjoy course plotting and just need the boat to stay on course. I love the CPT! Also I use an IPAD
with a ram mount at the helm
running iSailor as my chartplotter
I have been on 32 footers, and they are too small for what I think you want to do. 40 plus foot boats are slightly too big, IMHO. I grew up sailing my uncle's 32 Hunter. She was truly a mighty boat, but we were crammed in there.
I apologize for the verbosity of my response. If you are in my area, you are welcome to see my legend 37.5.