Looking for a good coastal cruiser
My wife and I have been looking around at various boat shows, and we seem to like the Beneteau boats the best. We are going to be at best, island hoppers, so we don't need a true blue water boat. We just want something we can leave in the Bahamas or further South for the winter, and bring up to FL or GA in the summer.
We want a shallow draft, but also to have a decent sized cabin so if we bring another couple along, we don't want to kill each other. So far, 35' seems to be about the minimum, with a 39' boat looking pretty good.
What pitfalls should we be looking for. We want the best price we can get, obviously, but we would rather pay a little extra to not have to do major repairs. We are expecting to have to install an AC unit (wife's request), and possibly a generator.
Where do you find a good boat? Can one be found online, or should I start going through a broker? I've viewed a few boats already, and one has caught our eye, but I want to look around before getting in over our heads.
Any advice is more than welcome.