Been "lurker" here for quite a while before recently registering. Need to get a few more posts in before I can share photos.
I discovered this thread and was hoping it was referring to the "Sensible Cruising" book! I LOVE that book! One of MANY I won on cruising.
Met my wife on match.com 10 years ago, VERY happily married for 5 and only discovered she aw a sailor after we met! We BOTH have years of blue water sailing and have no interest in ocean crossing. When I lived in Los Angeles, I always had a larger cruising boat. When I moved up to Oregon, I thought my sailing days were over. Discovered a little San Juan 21 covered in blackberry vines, restored her and trailered her up to the San Juan Islands.... That's when I realized that although I owned "cruising" boats in LA, I never had the time to saail to where I wanted to cruise. With the little SJ 21 I found myself cruising for 2 weeks in an area I only dreamed of before.
new goal: Find a leagally trailerable bot I could take to the ICW, Sea of Cortez etc, and spend tmy time "Gunkholing"... Tresa totally agreed and after searching for a boa that filled our requirements (Standing headdroom, capable of taking "some" foul weather with LOTS of interior space, we decided on (of all things), A 26' Chrysler swing keel.
As others have posted here, size is not as important as personal needs, ability to get out there and safety. We spent a week on her without stepping off to see if our new purchase was crazy, or would we have the room to live comfortable on her without getting in each other's way. Our only complaint: On a large lake, there was no place new to "cruise to"! LOL!
So for "us". gunkoling, short outer passages and visiting new ports, anchoring etc, this boat is perfect! We will have solar, it came with autopilot and MUCH MORE. I'm designing a galley re-fit with freezer/refrigeration (I'm a prototype designer and have a shop where I can create anything! We're hoping to get to the San Juans this coming summer and renting the house and sailing the ICW after that.
Just wanted to thank all who posted here and share that i was pleased to see many posts sharing that even a C22 can serve the needs of some. I guess size/accommodations really is a personal preference!