Good luck. The lifestyle is terrific. Nothing like having your morning coffee on deck
Agree with you about going larger for a long term situation, we went with a 38 to balance room vs ease of shorthanding. Once you get above around 40-42 feet you star running into slip availability issues for the mono hull
as well. Here we have a 40 foot slip and can have a 10% overhang. If I was doing this long term I wouldn’t want anything smaller than a 37 with our crew. If I was single
and singlehanded 100% of the time I would probably look at an Out Island 33.
One thing I would watch carefully is draft
. It is really shallow down here. We draw 5’1” (officially), loaded I am guessing it is 5’5”. We are most definitely on our keel
at low tide: I would have used a hard and fast draft
of 4’5” or looked at a swing keel/CB if I had to do it again.