Welcome aboard!! Good to have you here. I just went out for a sail with a new boat
owner who bought a Columbia
28 that needs a few things corrected before going interisland. (Atomic 4 still smells like gas and the prop shaft is a bit wobbly) I enjoyed the feel of the boat
and believe that 28 and up to 36 is a very good size. The Cape Dory
is a bit higher quality than the Columbia
and is a great boat
for anyone. Good luck and hope you contribute with questions and answers in this forum.
and self steering
are pretty much a requirement in my point of view.