I've always liked the Hunters. at 6'4" tall, their 6'6" interior gives me great headroom. I was surprised to be on a few with the Bimini Top up and found out the that headroom there was under 6'2" We'd have to modify the Mast and Sail and remake the Bimini Top. I've also seen how poorly these boats hold up under some ownership while others seem to look as good as new.
The Morgan's I've seen are pretty, but not as beamy as I'd like for living aboard. One that really caught my eye was highly modified. This is her if you want to critique (I cant post links yet) search for Morgan 43 Custom on Yachtworld.
Someone told me to look at Irwins for their interior space, but then I heard they are plagued with critical deck issues. I was looking at 1986 Irwin 43 MK II "Play Date"
While I will say, everyone has an opinion, I was able to see that both boats I likes (the Morgan above and an Irwin I was going to see, but was sold prior to me getting to her) the owners had only had them two years before putting them back up for sale. That seems odd to me as we know you don't make money on a boat.
Still not ruling anything out though and I am thankful for your input. Its a learning process for me.
Is the Morgan 43 Kindred Spirit? If so, it looks like a really well taken care of boat and very comfortable cruiser for two. Of course, I have not seen it in person, so only going off the writeup.
The Irwins (my opinion) are either super boats or a disaster. I have been on several Irwins that were just magnificent, well taken care of, very little maintenance issues, etc. That would be a potentially good boat. I have also seen more Irwins getting peeled than any other boat I can recall. I am not telling you to shy away from Irwins... I am saying just be cautious as it may be an awesome boat or a money pit. ChuklesR recently bought one IIRC and would be a good source for information.
On a completely separate note, I would NOT get a boat that was not ICW compatible. My opinoins here, but let me tell you why. On just our last trip, while sailing down the west coast of Florida, we were in crab trap city. It's that time of year. It was blowing a constant 20kt with higher gusts. THat makes for a very uncomfortable sail when the seas start building with it. SO being able to sail during the day and jump into coves in the evening was a God Send. Also, we could make progress by taking the ICW instead of going outside. Having the ICW as an option, whetheryou use it or not, is a great safety benefit. In addition, many of the cities and places you will want to restock are air/water draft restricted to ICW numbers (65 feet and 7 feet accordingly). You don't want to gauge your next port by only ports that will accomodate your vessel. If so, cruising may take a LONG time as you will have to wait for weather windows others will not have to wait for.
Because of the above reasons, and others I don't feel like typing, I would not have a boat that was not ICW compatible. Now when you get to the Bahamas and Carribean, many of the points I pointed out are void. However, should you come to ever want to sell the boat, those that want to see the USA East coast may shy away from your boat if it was not ICW compaitble for the reasons specified.