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Re: LOA vs LWL, looking for a boat
I wouldn't read TOO much into those numbers. There are a lot of trade-offs and other factors involved.
Boats with long overhangs are prettier.. yes, they'll suffer in the volume department compared to the current crop of beamy plumb bows but they'll win on 'row away factor' every time.
Many boats with static 'short' LWLs gain significant effective LWL when they heel and when the stern wave begins to rise under the long counter, so I suspect the true 'difference' is not what it might seem on paper.
Your list of 'wants' - standing headroom, more space, decent layout that fits the need, nice finish, good build reputation should all take precedence over a stat like LOA/LWL.
I wouldn't know where to start suggesting boats, you've already shopped Yachtworld so start picking out boats that fit your wishlist and warm your heart.. go from there.
How about a Catalina 42 (to add to Barry's nudge)
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