Center cockpit or aft cockpit?
my name is Christian and I currently own a Grampian 26. (very happy with this boat; that''s wy I want to go bigger like you.
I am french (also citizen) i have the feeling that in this range of size you''ll probably find more choice if you are looking towards the European builders like the French Beneteau (beautifull 36''cc)or the British Westerly for example, I am myself considering a new boat and it will be a CC. as I think this is the perfect aRRANGEMENT FOR A COUPLE. With a dodger your cockpit is dryer you have a better view all around, benefit of a wonderfull aft cain (especially the Beneteau 36cc- by the way the 440cc is not more expensive on the used market) and remember - even if you cruise often; 90% of the cruising time is passed on the hook or in marina 10% in sailing thus a nice aft cabin is really nice. Very few of us cross the Oceans and a lot love slip sailing/day sailing and gunkholking, right ?
In term of privacy it seems also to me better than aft cockpit
Christian & Whajung
S/V Matin Calme