Go for the one requiring less upkeep. Every day you are not on the hard
is a time you might be sailing.
The bow thruster would not impress me all that much. Those are maneuverable boats, and what you will want to do is learn how to use spring lines for maneuvering in tight quarters. You do not need a bow thruster, it is a lazy man's way out for this boat
, or, at the very least, he kept it in difficult quarters.
The value of a lifting keel is greater where you plan (know in advance) that you will be anchoring
shallow. Usually, ime, those places are buggy, as well as shallow, so of limited use. BUT, if you want to go exploring shallow places, can be very handy, make it possible for what you want to do, so it depends on your intended use. There are places in the world where it would make your life easier.
If you feel on the horns on the choice, offer to let your wife decide and then see how you feel about the decision.... I know that may sound wicked, but it is one way to get data on how you really feel. Or toss a coin, and see how that feels to you. That has worked for me.
Or, choose the one that has had its through hull
fittings and seacocks replaced with good quality ones--there's a previous owner who cares about how his boat
functions! The one with the rebuilt rudder
, the one with the keel dropped and new keel bolts