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Most builders target a specific audience for their product. It seems, in my view at least, that the big name, high volume builders are more geared to the casual sailor, who spends more time at rest, than in motion. Particularly in a marina. Hence, their emphasis is on creature comforts, most of which require electricity.
Then you have boats such as Valiant and Pacific Seacraft, for example, that are targeted to bluewater passagemaking. The main thing is to determine what you are going to do, and buy a boat that will accomplish that. And that may just be the hardest part of buying a boat. Realistic expectations of use.
Also, don't forget....you are the one that has to live with your choice, not those who give opinions. By all means seek others opinion's, it can be a valuable help in deciding, but choose YOUR boat, not theirs.