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Plenty of boats in the 28-35 foot range have the headroom you need. But be realistic, this is a boat, not a house, so don't expect cathedral ceilings.
It's great that you have friends who want to sail with you. But I doubt they will be offering to help foot the bill for the slip fee, bottom job, new sails, etc etc. On a 38 footer we are not talking about small change for any of these. You can do everything you plan to with a 30 footer and save yourself a lot of money.
The 30 footer won't make such a good frat house crash pad, though. If that's important to you, you might need the larger boat. Just be prepared and budget for the larger expense too.
Draft is something you will have to investigate by studying the charts in your intended sailing grounds. Call the marina where you plan to keep the boat and ask if they can accommodate that size and draft boat. Make sure you can transit the channel from the marina out to deeper water at any tide.
EDIT: Don't take any of this advice as discouragement. On the contrary, I think this is a great idea you and your father have. I wish I had done the same as a fresh college grad instead of dumping so much money into rent.
We just want to make sure you don't take on too much boat your first time.
Last edited by JohnRPollard; 09-20-2007 at 12:59 PM.