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It sounds like you want the space and comfort of a larger boat like a Catalina 27 which I think is fine IMHO. I know a lot of people who buy a trailer sailer and end up up-sizing in a year or two because that is what they really wanted to begin with.
Regarding the Atomic Gas, although they are common and easy to get parts for, they have all the down sides of an inboard diesel plus they bring a very flammable substance into the mix and the fuel costs are also higher. I burn about $40 worth of diesel a year with a fair amount of motoring on a 30 foot boat, my friend who has a C&C27 burns 3x as much gas in $$,
AN outboard on Kootenay lake is probably a little better in my opinion, as it is easier to repair, WAY simpler (no through hulls), no shaft seal, no prop hanging in the water... The only concern is pushing a 27 foot sailboat in certain conditions - the lake can sometimes kick up a bit of chop and the inboard keeps the prop from cavitating.
"The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labours hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective". -- Henry David Thoreau