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I'd avoid the early Tayanas...as they had serious quality control issues IMHO.
I'd also agree that too many people get too much boat, and end up regretting it, rather than too little boat. If you don't have a dedicated crew, then getting a boat that large may make it very difficult for you to get much sailing in at all. Also, most of your costs are higher with a larger boat—from dockage, marina fees, hauling, maintenance, cost of equipment, etc.
I'd also agree with Cruisingdad on the single good head being better than two mediocre heads... and that the loss of space due to two heads is definitely an issue on a smaller boat, especially the smaller size boat I'd be recommending.
If you were to ask me, I'd say go for a boat about 32-35' rather than a 37' boat. They're far easier to single hand, and will cost far less and be less costly to own and maintain. There are plenty of boats, in that range that are fairly good for living aboard, and also make excellent bluewater passagemakers.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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