Are you planning on single handing or will you have crew? The Vega will get crowded fast with more than 2, while the Cal can probably handle 3-4 for short periods.
If you're looking for a voice of experience, you might consider contacting Katie and Jessie
who have sailed their Cal 2-27 from the Great Lakes to the Bahamas, basically learning along the way.
For practical Vega experience, try Chuck from Cruising Lealea
. That little Vega has made some serious miles in the Pacific. I think Chuck is a S/N member too...Vega1860 username?