I'm with Cam... a 30' boat is probably going to seem a lot more safe to your wife, especially with the children aboard. You can get a Alberg 30 for less than $20K in nice condition, and the Alberg 30 is likely to have less draft than the Catalina 30, and be better for offshore work.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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