Hi... It's all relative re the size. I'm shopping for a liveaboard/cruiser and I know I want to keep it under 30 for many financial reasons. Would I love bigger, yes, but with every foot of LOA $$$$$$.
Are you planning to insure boat at least for liability? ask a couple of insurance brokers to give you quotes on the boats with and without diesel.
I live in a similiar climate and if my boat doesn't have insulation I will retrofit as much as possible. I want to be WARM even if I am squished.
Let us hear about your progress !
Boatless and Looking 30 - 35 feet.
Winter 2015 Vieques, PR
Professional Cruising Crew 100 Ton near Coastal USCG
Coaching confidence for the cruising sailor.