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HOW DEEP IT IS
Agreed that 5 feet draft is probably the limit for cruising the bay and/or the islands, and less than that is better. You won''t find many K/CB boats in 27-30 feet but starting in the mid-80''s you will find boats with winged keels with shallow draft. Winged keels on production boats won''t give the windward performance of a CB of course, but the name of the game in boats is compromise. Check out such boats as the Pearson 27, Pearson 31, (both models from 1987-1991) and some of the Catalinas. There are no doubt some others that fit the bill, but those specifically come to mind right now.
In the name of full disclosure, I own a Pearson 27. It draws 3''4" which is very nice on the Chesapeake.