Jeff at SmartCaptain.com
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I'm partial to Island Packets, having lived aboard my 38 for the past two years and having sailed it over 8,000 miles on five transits of the East Coast. Per your earlier posts, any 38' sailboat will be a lot of work. You might wish to consider a beamy, shorter boat. Check out the IP31 - tons of room and a fantastic cruising boat. You'll be happy you're on an IP when you're on the way to the Bahamas and the Gulf Stream gets nasty!
The best advice I was ever given was "try before you buy". Go out sailing on friends boats, and charter (if possible) any boat you're considering buying. Charter companies like the Moorings have popular Beneteaus, and some charter companies in FL have Island Packets.