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I have a case of twofootitis. I started with a Balboa 22, living aboard a trailerable boat at a marina. It was fun, but too small. Then I bought my current boat, an Islander Bahama 24. It is great, and I have done a lot of stuff to improve her, but I still think she may not be my final boat.

I am trying to decide on a boat that I will not outgrow. I am not considering buying it soon, but I want to find out what others suggest. I have some qualifications, so please give me suggestions that fit inside these criteria:

Small cruising sailboat
30 feet or less
Seaworthy, Sail in pacific, sail in Alaska
Standing Headroom
Preferably Sloop or cutter rigged simply because that is the best pointing rig
Long keel (preferably glassed-in when talking GFRP boats)
Safely Careened (in correct conditions)
No spade Rudders
Does not need pressure water or hot water or central heat or diesel inboard
Preferably outboard powered
Does not need a head
Shower would be nice
Preferred materials are GFRP or Aluminum

Boats I have considered:
Contessa 26
Haida 26 (don't like the iron keel)
Pearson Ariel
Cruising Catamarans
Norsea 27
Bristol 24, 29
Atom Voyages | Voyages Aboard the Sailboat Atom -* Good Old Boats List - choosing a* small voyaging sailboat
Dana 24

I am doing a lot of research on these, and I am wondering if anyone has opinions on these. I would say seaworthiness is the most important, followed by durability, then comfort, and last of all sailing speed. Cost is some issue, but the size range keeps that reasonable.
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