To clarify the above, the suggestions are good and very much appreciated. Wouldn't have looked into the Clansman until much later without said advice! The South Coast 28 looks like it was designed/built by the same folks as did the Bonbridge I'm looking at on Wednesday, so it's definitely of reasonable heritage
I just cannot go less than say four berths because we have four children (aka "sprogs"
) we need to get to sleep at night on the longer trips. We're hoping to get us a boat that lasts until at least the older two are either no longer with us or no longer sailing with us. It sucks, it's making me weep at some of the boats I have to pass on, but it's one of the unchangeable requirements in my search.