Originally Posted by killarney_sailor
BTW, why do you want a head door that locks?
I'm not the OP, but I can comment on this one.
My Catalina 18 had a port-o-potti that was simply in the saloon (if you could call it that); you had to close the companionway to use it. Not popular with the ladies.
My C25 has a real marine head, but it is behind a rattan (?) curtain that closes off the head and forward stateroom from the saloon. Better; a big step up; but still not quite enough.
My wife and sister-in-law (she's my BFF; I've known her forever) would really like a boat with a head that has a real, solid, actual door. It doesn't NEED to lock but I expect that it will be able to. I think that is what the OP (or his wife) is after.
To the original question:
This the boat I'm looking for as well. My answer so far is the Bristol 29.9 or Sabre 30. Small enough to single hand easily; big enough for a couple to spend a week cruising. You don't get 2 'real' staterooms until you get above 34 feet or so. That's a lot of boat. (In one of my comparisons the 30 was 8,800# the 34 was 14,000#)
Sloop - masthead rig
Skeg hung rudder - protected prop
Layout (from fwd going aft):
Traditional saloon with 2 settees that face each other
Galley & nav center
Quarterberth under one side of cockpit
That's the bones of the boat; equipping it is about 4 more threads