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Are you buying new or used?
I love traditional boats, also, and my boat had to make my heartstrings sing. My living area had to have a lot of wood and no plastic. None of this has to do with how she sails, but we managed to find it all in one package.
ALL your boats are great. Take the time to do pro/con lists separately and jointly. Take the time to spend an hour or more in each boat using the settees, pretend to wash dishes/cook, play at sleeping, peeing, and holding on in rough weather.
Can you sit in the cockpit together, can you lay down there? How do the decks feel, pretend to hoist sail, to hang on, to move back and forth and up and down on the cabin top. Get in an out of the cockpit. Stand back and look at the boat.
DO this together. Can you move around each other comfortably? How do you both feel after an hour on the boat? Don''t try to do all three boats in one day. And do take a notebook each to write your thoughts.
Compare all the specs, weight, displacement, water/fuel tanks, etc. Get on the email lists and ask owners if they have one, did they look at the others?
Both need to keep an open mind, comfort is very important for long distance/long term cruising. The fastest boat may not be the most comfortable. We chose stable, heavy, full keel, good sailing abilities, but will probably not win any races (although her type has). Don''t let the analysis cause paralysis -- feelings count, too.
We purchased three boats. The first was to sail and play with. The second was to liveaboard, the third was to liveaboard and cruise comfortably and safely.
It''s a tough decision, but with care for each other, you can make it together.