Here is what I know (or think I know) about what SmackDaddy wants in a boat:
--He loved his catalina 27, but he made mention of now buying a boat that he could someday take on the ocean. Which ocean, and how far, I don't know.
--I know he has one Smackmomma and 2 boy Smacklings so the boat should accommodate them all.
--At one point he was seriously considering catamarans for a variety of reasons, but on the other hand after reading Glenn Damato's book, and his difficulties clawing off a lee shore, Smack was against even a full keel for its limitations to weather.
--It seems like the more he races, the more he likes performance.
I'm thinking that he needs an offshore capable boat (but I'm going to assume that with the family he won't be going into high latitudes), it should have 2 cabins, and he will want something with a reasonably modern under-body. Not sure what rig is preferred yet, but I'll assume sloop for it's weatherliness (at least until I can talk him into the virtues of a Ketch
--Price range? Well that depends on how much BFS stuff we buy doesn't it?
Now, where is Bob Perry when you need him....