We're looking for an affordable (to buy and maintain) long term cruiser that is safe, comfortable and sails reasonably well. We're a family of 5 so having the right layout is important. We're thinking of either spending a year in the Caribbean or Med getting used to the boat and making any required modifications/upgrades then setting out for something longer.
The Whitby 42's look interesting and appear to have a generally good reputation if they've been well maintained but I'd really like to get some personal perspective on this. I'm looking for experience reports from anyone who has sailed, owned or worked on these boats. Comments on cruising on a Whitby with kids are worth bonus points.
I'd also appreciate the opportunity to see one up close and in person. Please let me know if anyone knows of an owner in the Vancouver/Seattle/Victoria area who would like to give us a tour.