Thanks for the replies. I guess that my knowledge has been stymied by the fact that I have spent so much of my sailing time bouncing from San Pedro to Catalina. The K 38 was a beauty to sail, but it was a tremendous money pit. Also, it had a full keel and would easily outrun a Hunter 34. It was a good match-up for a Catalina 38. I plan on sailing wherever my mood takes me. I definitely will be hitting the inside passage quite a bit, because that is a beautiful place to sail. I would love to sail from the sound up to Hyder Alaska. I guess I am really confused and probably will end up buying something larger in order to get the speed to go with the safety. I have thought of doing some financing and buying a CT 54. Any thoughts?