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Best boat features for sailing in Boston?

I'm looking to buy a sail boat in the 25-30 foot range to sail out of Boston, mostly day sailing, maybe some cruising to Cape Cod. Essentially, I'm trying to find out what sort of weather and wind is to be found in and around Boston, and what would be the best kind of hull / rig to get.
Should I get a full keel or will it be too slow around Mass' bay?
Shoal draft to poke around in between the islands, or is a full keel better?
Short rig, or are the winds here light enough to get a taller rig?

And if anyone can point me towards a 25-30 foot boat with a V-berth, enclosed head (maybe even with a shower) and 6' of head room and maybe an inboard engine set up, that would be great.
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