Aasem: I hadn't considered the Ericson 38. Having fun looking though the websites you linked. I will have to show some of the pictures to the girl when the 'no talking about boats' ban is up.
Will have to see if it gets past the first lines of defense though.
I can definitely see your point on 'real sailboats' - however, I plan to use it as a floating living room. I plan to watch movies, play on the computer, and watch the fireworks over Lake Muskegon all while sitting in my slip on the cheapest waterfront property I could find. Not because I don't think you are right... But the only way I get a bigger boat is if the girl enjoys it. The only way I get to be on the boat is if the girl enjoys it.
And, well, that means it has to be a floating living room at some level.
Cam: I really didn't think about newer boats, but looking at some pictures and reviews I can see I am going to have to spend a bit more time looking though them. Cost will make them a bit smaller - but they definitely look like they have livable interiors, which are 'pretty' enough to pass the woman's test. Probably more so then the bigger / older boats. They look a bit easier to handle as well. Thanks for the advice.
PBzeer: Good advice. Thanks.
In general - I have heard some thoughts on boats that I hadn't heard around the marina. Things like West Sails aren't always high quality. Or that major repairs are needed on production boats after 10 years. While I belive that a Hunter isn't going to be as well built as other boats - what issues are going to show up (assuming normal maintance has been performed)?
I just went with a friend to buy a dingy from a guy who lived 6 months out of the year on a Hunter 40 (which when he sold it was over 20 years old). I talked to him about it for a while, and during the three years he owned it he sailed quite a bit, including several trips of a few hundred miles and had no issues. Not that one good case indicates all good cases... but does anyone have any horror stories about Hunters?
Thanks again everyone.