Originally Posted by JonEisberg
One affordable boat I think of that might suit your purposes just fine, might be a Cherubini Hunter 30... The Bahamas and the trip south are certainly do-able on something like a CD 25, but I think something closer to 30 feet will be far more comfortable and enjoyable... Also, you really want water tankage heading over there, something that is likely to be extremely minimal on boats much less than 30'... No way I want to be bothered with a watermaker for the Bahamas, you certainly don't need that stuff with a decent water capacity, and an effective means of collecting rainwater...
Good advice, Jon... much appreciated. Maybe I am too preoccupied with shallow draft, and keeping the boat small. It is always a trade off... I love the simplicity and manageability of smaller boats but I see the drawbacks as well.