Nigel Calder's Cruising Handbook: A Compendium for Coastal and Offshore Sailors
(The above is a link, but it will only work for the brave and true of heart.)
Great book; I'm only on page 60 something and I feel like I've doubled my knowledge of boat design and construction.
No longer will the number and location of cup holders be the main criteria for cockpit qualification; the scales have fallen from my eyes!
The Bristol 29.9 is still at the top of my list, but the beamier production boats are off of it. It is not inconceivable that a more slender boat could kick the 29.9 off the top (maybe one that is more slender and
I also might go 32-34 feet, apparently there is no substitute for LWL on a cruising boat.
I got my copy used from Amazon for $18.96 delivered; I recommend it for every cruiser's library.