Jim..interesting post. Despite the disparagers...I like the IP38 and think it would be a reasonable choice for you...certainly built well enough to head down the coast and beyond. I DON'T like the Valiant or PS or Tayana37 in your situation as I think you give up too much room to the canoe stern...though they are all fine boats for a couple. Check out the Peterson44 or the Whitby & Brewer 42 unless you really don't like CC boats...they are all seaworthy and the extra privacy and room below will be appreciated on a cruise and they should be in your price range. The Caliber 40 would be an excellent choice but is about double your price range. The smaller Calibers were not designed as long range cruisers.
Last edited by camaraderie; 09-26-2006 at 12:29 PM.