Brent - yes don't disagree that in comparison to many classic and modern boats they are definitely not as roomy. But in comparison to my old boats in NZ, its a palace...no peeing over the side.
. I am easily pleased!
In my case, the boat will be predominately single handed. I don't see the wife having the same passion for the sea...passion for land, she's got!
But I am a minimalist and its not for a liveaboard for extended periods, so space below is about functionality.
Ill have the time and budget to make some changes as I was looking to spend $15k target, max $20k, (excluding the maintenance and storage costs) to get the boat to what I need.
With a purchase price of $6k, Ill have $9k for the parts, and those services I cannot perform with a $5k contingency. But at the end ill have a boat that I know ever inch, which is important to me.
Anyway will be fine for a re-start into sailing after so long and then after a few years can evaluate suitability.