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Another question, are you going to store trailered? or storing in water? latter, ie mooring it, makes a lot of boat choices open up for here in the NW and San Juans. Another to think about, since we get currents upwards of 6-8 knots, a strong motor option is a must, as many times, even if it is windy, one will need to motor thru some channels.
Some other questions, how much head room etc do you need, or spouse needs. Some floor plans styles of boat will fit you, not fit spouse.
Shoal keels are in reality, not really needed here in the NW< as you are usually sailing in at least 20', if not 600+ ft of water. You might as well go with as deep as you can, as it seems like you are either going up wind, deep keel help here a lot generally speaking, or your going down wind. yes there is some reaching now and again, but usually up or down.
I spent as a teen a lot of time in a 21CB boat, loved it, wife just spent the weekend for the first time in our 29'r with head room for her, but she complained that it was too small, no shower etc. Would not want to know how she would like being in a 21' no standing head room with a bucket for a potty!
Get into a lot of boats, see how you will use etc, other wise, the options are to a degree endless.
She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!