After a year of careful consideration and boarding countless boats we have determined that a center cockpit gives us the live-aboard features we are looking for. We have narrowed our list to:Moody42, HR42&41, Pearson422, Endeavour42&40, Vagabond Westwind, **Bristol 41, Oyster40.
We have set the following criteria
raft under 6'' (prefer closer to 5''), solid FG hull, prefer cutter rig, 150water & 75fuel capacity.
Our price range is $150k+- and we will be sailing the Chesapeake, Pamlico, IC & Bahamas.
I would appreciate your input as relates to the sailing qualities (or lack of) and the construction quality of these boats.