Great info, thanks all I've got a lot larger list of boats to consider... any compromise will definitely be my safety over the comfort of my guests...
and no, I don't require 3 separate cabins for 3 adults. A double berth a single berth and enough room that everyone is not standing on top of each other is fine. The intent is to enjoy the surroundings, not hole up down below.
A Cascade 36 is available not too far away in Portland, OR. Seems that it may be up to the task of bluewater cruising, but I'm having trouble coming up with any info on handling characteristics... I haven't been down to look at it yet all I know is that it is 36ft LOA, relatively narrow beam (10ft), cast iron fin keel, hydraulic steering and around 13000lb displacement.
Seems that it would work, but I can't find any information on how seakindly they are... Anyone have any experience with them?