Re: Boat shopping: round two
First obstacle will be finding a boat with a big enough cockpit to actually handle that size crew without a lot of toe stomping and crowding.
Yes, many cockpits appear to seat 6 or 8 but in reality the crew is moving ballast and will switch from side to side so truly comfortable use sort of dictates a crew size half of what the cockpit will actually 'seat'.
A large cockpit daysailer may fit your bill, but may preclude eventual cruises.. this is a tough bill to fill.
I think your budget is reasonable, you'll need to cruise the brokers and docks to really 'see' (as opposed to YW listings) the boats that interest you. Best of luck.
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