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That's a good short-list.
Have you been aboard a Valiant 32 yet? If not, one observation I'll share is that we found the interior to be VERY tight. By comparison, our Dana 24 felt roomier. I know that sounds implausible, but something about the bright, open-layout of the Dana and the dark, cramped cabin of the V32 has an affect.
Over the years, I've increasingly felt that from a space- or roominess-standpoint, it's hard to make a strong argument for double-enders or canoe sterns below the mid-30 foot range. It's just that so much volume is lost by tapering the stern of the boat, that it's difficult to justify it - at least for those of us sailing with family aboard and trying to get the most bang for the buck. It would be a different story for a single-hander or couple.
By comparison, our present PSC 31 feels enormous compared to the V32.
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Pacific Seacraft Crealock 31 #62
NEVER CALLS CRUISINGDAD BACK....CAN"T TAKE THE ACCENT