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Decision: Catalina or Bristol 22
Put another way...
The repair costs on the bristol are likely to be higher, no matter what the problem. As has been mentioned, it is "more boat" and the mortar that holds that together is money.
On the upside, the resale value of the Bristol will be much higher (in part based on the fanatical following these boat have).
So the real question is.
Option one, you decide you are going to do more coastal and overnight sailing or want a "real boat" feel (some people that never leave the dock still want a boat that is ready to cross oceaons, just to know they can). If and of this fits you, then the bristol is your best bet.
On the bright side, if you want to take a lake holiday, you can always bare boat charter a little yacht while you are there. This is cheaper then hiring a coastal cruising boat if you own a lake sailer.
Option two, You mostly want a boat that fits in with your vacation rather then dictating them, something you can decide to take with you at highway speed and then enjoy when you arrive at your destination (as opposed to having the trip to somewhere be the destination). If this is you then you want to trailer sailor.
On the bright side, You can always charter a "big boat" fo coastal sailing and not have to worry about its bills and upkeep once you have paid the hirer. You can also try different boats, but do not get that sense of ownership. Maintenance and storage fees of a trailer sailer are less then owning a coastal keelboat. But it does not feel the same, and owning a boat is all about what it feels like.
Option three, You want a "real boat" that is capable of doing both things because you are not sure of what uses you are going to put it to. Wait and do more research. You may end up with trailerable Adams10 or similar. It will not do either thing as well, but it will be a better crossover.
Hope that gets the brain ticking over.