PaulK .. Yves Marie Tanton .. that was the fellow whose name I could not remember.
Hmmm .. probably not a great time to be picking BP's brain. I doubt however that he is going to be all that enthusiastic about designing a full keel 30' steeler. I guess you never know until you ask. BP is a great designer of cruising sailboats no doubt.
PeterS .. Van De Stadt 34. Van de Stadt Design - Van de Stadt 34
Low Freeboard. Tick, I can understand that and the VDS has it.
Coachroof stops forward of the mast but not that far forward. I don't understand your wish for a cabin trunk thats stops at mast, particularly when combined with low freeboard and a relatively small boat. Your forward cabin will be useless for anything but a sail bin.
VDS34 does not have a skeg, she is fin keeled as well. Personally I believe this need to have a skeg hung rudder is without foundation provided the rudder is well engineered. Lack of a skeg is no longer a deal breaker for me.
Now an aluminium vds34 would make a fine little cruiser. To my mind a bit small for long term cruising if you are over 50 or so, but for a young couple, nice. You could still buy secondhand for less money, less work and at the cost of only a few compromises.