I would like to know if you could share your thougts on which is the most suitable boat for a couple and a pet to do some coastal cruising in the Mediterranean (Portugal to Greece and back in no hurries). Jeanneau Sun Odissey 36i or bigger?
I would greatly appreciate your feedback.
Let me clarify one thing: When I said that you should look for an Hanse 40 I was not by any means trying to say that a Jeanneau 36I is not adequate for cruising on the med, specially with two and a dog. A 32 ft boat youl be adequated to many.
Actually I thought you were a friend of mine, Pedro Cunha, that is an experienced sailor and that Hanse 40 suggestion was directed to him (he owns a smaller Hanse).
Even if you can find a bigger boat for the same money (and that was what I was talking about) a bigger boat implies more sailing experience with a small crew (or solo), slightly more expensive maintenance (36ft to 40ft) and in some cases more expensive marina.
It has the advantages of having more space, more speed and seaworthiness (for the same type of boat) assuming you know enough to handle it, otherwise it could be a problem to you and a disadvantage instead of an advantage.
Regarding that line of Jeanneau (the one before this one), as Marty points out, they are good boats, relatively fast but all share a small disadvantage in what regards cruising: They don't have much storage space. We (my wife and me) were looking at new boats for a long time and she is interested mainly with practical things that she regards as its responsibility. Some years ago when I was looking with interest to a Jeanneau 42I performance she vetoed the boat. According to her the boat has less storage space than the boat we had at the time, a 2003 Bavaria 36.
I am not saying that you don't have enough storage space in a Jeanneau 36I. That is a very personal thing, I mean the things you need to travel extensively: drinking water, provision, cloths, sails and safety equipment, it is up to you and your wife to decide about that. If the storage space will satisfy both of you then 36i is more than adequate.
Your question : "which is the most suitable boat for a couple and a pet to do some coastal cruising in the Mediterranean"
has not an answer because that would depend of personal tastes regarding sailing, way of life, personal experience and available money.
MY suggestion: Don't fix yourself on a single brand but on a type of boat and in a minimum and maximun size and see what the market has to offer. That way you have chances to find a better deal. The way the boat is equipped is very important. Equipment is very expensive but don't add much value to a boat so try to find boats very well equipped for cruising. Most of them are not.
Besides the Jeanneau 36i you can look for other similar boats: Bavaria 36, Oceanis 37, Dufour 36, Hanse 37, Salona 37, First 36.7, Elan 37. If you have the sailing experience you can also look for the size up, I mean 39/40ft from the same brands. Sometimes the difference in price is not much if any at all.
Spain, Portugal and Italy are good places to buy boats right now. Economy is down and many people needs to sell. There is a big difference between asking price and selling price but not for all, just for the ones that really need to sell.