Re: Minimum extended cruising requirements.
Just to run a little counter current from some of the other posters here. A good friend has a 32' Beneteau Oceanis. Now, I know this is not a very big boat but it does have a nice V-berth cabin as well as a roomy aft bunk (the cabin part is not so big though), as well as a roomy settee berth. So a couple with occasional kids and a friend for a short stay is doable. We have done a long weekend with 6 adults aboard with out a problem, allthough if you are someone who needs a lot of privacy, this won't work well. These boats are pretty affordable and sell well when it is time to move up. I would keep this in mind when choosing your boat.