Hingham - thanks for the messages, and the great recomendations. I've been readint through a few books (20 small boats) and most of them seem to trend towards full keel, heavy boats - great for real offshore, but for now not what I need. In terms of comfort, I think the longest voyage would be a 3 or 4 day weekend to the Cape, maybe with 4 people (2 couples), who would not mind cramped quarters too much. So I think a 27 footer, with a fin keel, should be just right. I need to start looking for moorings I guess, which is easier said than done.