boat for bost on harbor?
That's my wife trying to sell my C&C 35 from right from under me, can you believe that! She wants more cabin room, I like to race, what is one to do? sacrifice?
If your not really concerned about performance , there is a lot of options out there but if your trying to get some accomidations for the significant other, get ready to to give up some performance.
Light winds are common in boston Harbor so I would reccomend you get something with a sail plan to move it. A full keel will be slower as well as something with heavy displacement relative to length. Full keels are not to good at maneuvering without good momentum, they are bad combination with light winds and lose a lot of boat speed when being turned.
Draft is not too much of a concern but if you intention is in hingham bay, you will need to be conscious of tide & depth if your draft exceeds 6ft and you like to go outside the marks. Having no idea where you have sailed before there is a 10-12ft tide change which you may want to consider.
There are alot of ways for you to get out sailing in the harbor without making the boat commitment yet. I would suggest you look into PHRF racing, someone is always looking for crew and it's a good way to see how boats perform in a variety of conditions and get a feel for the harbor. Check out Mass sailing & Hingham Bay PHRF. Join the crew bank.
Selecting a boat: Mid to early 80's 26 to 30 feet of tartan, pearson, C&C , even catalina will give you a well rounded boat for all the conditions for coastal sailing. Saber 28, look at a saber 28 it's an all round fit , pretty classic too. All of these are affordable and reliably built. I'm partial to C&C ( C&C 27) especially if cruising comfort is not a concern. If you get below 27ft, it will be a day sailor clearly and not much fun to stretch over a weekend unless your expectation of comfort is equal to climbing Everest.
Budget will drive everything so your going to need to find a home quickly for that boat. If your hopes are a dock, get ready to shell out at least 3 to 4 grand. Moorings are the best but availibility will be the concern. I would start calling the clubs & towns in the area.