Excellent input, thanks all, much to think on, and read about, I am adding those books to my books to get list, right now its got 15 entries.
My own plan is a liveaboard for coastal cruising but an Atlantic crossing in a year or two. Otherwise much time in the Carribbean.
Keels were brought up, which is the better for a coastal that can do blue water ? I agree on the tankage, see very few on Yacht World that have what I consider reasonable tankage.
Cocktail partys are out, just not my thing. The time is better spent fishing.
That said, the few floor plans I have seen dont show a whole lot of good options for stowing fishing equipment/snorkling/diving gear.
Actually the two best possibilities I have seen recently are older wooden boats. One 38' and one 40'. I have seen a Morgan 38' and a 35' that look good but wonder about the blue water capabilities.