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boat for bahamas, but limited by bridge clearance and draft

We would like to get a larger boat to continue to coastal cruise Florida and spend 2 months in the Bahamas in Feb/March each year, BUT we are limited by the need for a mast that will be suitable for 39ft bridge clearance and the desire for a shallower draft for the cruising areas. Becomes a little tricky too to fit the appropriate gear and have suitable tankage for the liveaboard times for 2 people. The budget for purchase would be flexible, but around 45K including upgrades such as new sails, through hulls or the inevitable stuff that needs to be fixed after purchase....

We researched a bit and came up with:

Island Packet 27
Beneteau 28.5
Bayfield 29
Watkins 27
Tartan 27
Cape Dory 27 (possibly-as found different bridge clearances)
Bristol 29 CB
Catalina 27

Any thoughts on these choices for what we want to do and have we missed other boats that might work for us.

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