Re: *Thinking* about a bigger, better boat
I think I'd like a 6' draft on my 28' boat too, but understand why people like shoal draft in the Chesapeake (even though it really doesn't matter in Puget Sound).
One look at the depth charts for the areas around Neavitt, MD, or St Michaels, MD realizing that the numbers are feet (not fathoms as they are over here) will make you realize that it is a very shallow place. I picked those locations because I have family there, not for any other reason. It looks like I'd have to get 1000' from my families waterfront house to even get 2' of depth.
Where 300' of anchor rode is common around here (Seattle) they must often use 50' or less.
boats that I sail on regularly: Pearson 28-2, Rondar 505, Yankee 30, Blanchard Junior