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Feedback on next boat
So I am starting to get a bit frustrated trying to find my next boat. Currently I own a 86 ct-38 that is a pretty decent fast cruiser in good winds (not so good light winds or pointing upwind), but I find it not at all comfortable to live aboard.
I have looked at quite a few in person, and have spent a lot of time perusing this site and yachtworld looking at options. I am not currently willing to shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars for a new boat.
I wish I could say say sailing performance would be a top priority, but unfortunately I do not get out sailing more than once every month or two, and while doing some serious blue water sailing is on the horizon, until I retire that will likely have to wait. I understand that there can be a tradeoff between size and performance and price. That being said, after getting 8-10 kts sustained on my ct, it would be tough to be relegated to seriously reduced speed or performance.
Due to my slip, I am limited in size to 40 ft, but I am primarily looking for a boat with a more comfortable or possibly spacious layout, both topside and belowdecks. Over the years I have grown weary of trying to get out (or fall out!) of my vee or quarter berth in cramped quarters, so my body would appreciate a berth with better access such as a centerline double or queen. In addition, just an external/internal layout that is more suited to day-to-day natural ease of moving around and sailing. I do not think that just because a boat is small it has to be cramped or poorly designed.
While production manufacturers Hunter, Catalina, and Beneteau (or less common such as Dufour or Jeanneau) all make beautiful looking boats and/or have great internal layouts, I have not been impressed by what I have seen in the details of the boat and construction. In addition, their reputations are somewhat dubious as sailing performers and long-term durability/reliability. Of course, some would say what can you expect from a higher volume production boat.
I may be expecting too much, but there has to be some quality builds out there that will not break the bank.