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Great analysis, should be required reading for all those who post the vague "which boat.... " queries.
Nice timeline on your "attitude adjustments" too, as you were able to realize which "requirements" were truly deal-breakers and which, in reality, should not be.
One comment re: tiller vs wheel - I'm happy with either, but have found that for longer passages, or long boards on the same tack, a well designed wheel arrangement lends itself to a larger variety of comfortable positions to drive from. (eg, I gota bit of a "crick" in my neck after sailing 2 weeks in the trades, same tack, same heading pretty much, on a boat with a tiller.)