34'''' - 38'''' Coastal Cruiser - My wants vs. my needs.
Just a short spin on my experience with a Little Harbor 38 I have owned for eight years. If you can get past the fact that the boat is very high maintenance and you either have the ambition to do it yourself or the $$$ to pay someone (mine''s mostly sweat equity) the boat is just so great to sail. Performs very well and moves through the water with Rolls Royce sureness. Watch out for osmotic blistering and know what your getting with the teak decks. Cruising World did an article several years ago on key features of blue water cruising sail boats using a fuzzy logic program. In the 38'' class this boat was number one or tied for first. There are Little Harbor 38''s on the market for less than $ 150K and they do have a lot of nice features like incomparable wood work, Navtec rod rigging, etc. Good luck.