Thank you all for the great input- boy, I sure do appreciate it!
1.) LarryandSusanMacDonald: I have always liked the size and price of the Morgans. I will keep looking for one that is in good shape. Unfortunately, I am not great at fix-it-up, or any work requiring mechanical or measuring/math abilities. Frankly, I suck at craftmanship and have been forced to earn a living by brain power only as a college professor and as an attorney. Now, my wife...she has a real patience with fixing/planning and problem-solving with materials. But me, I am a real egg-head. My dad tried to teach me but I was too distracted..
However, I am learning about Diesels and will maintain mine, but as for other things that come so naturally to other guys like woodwork or electronics....I am behind the eight ball.
So, I guess I will need to find a Morgan in good shape.
2.) WDSchock: You know, I was thinking that exactly, 'why not turn the V-berth into a food pantry or shelving for spare parts and other storage items'. Thanks for that input, it affirms what I have been thinking.
I will check out the New York 36.
3.) Jon Eisberg: re: sleeping with wife in the v-berth as our main bedroom-- she is not gonna go for it; the level/angle is wrong- head lower than feet/most motion at anchor in a rolly sea- she don't like it. Not that she is spoiled, she is a pretty good trooper...she likes the bed back in the aft where the motion is less - I just know she wants a bed that she can shut the door to and that is relatively stable at anchor or dock. If I was alone....hell, I would be able to live just fine in a 30-footer. But thanks for the advice.
Thanks, men. I really appreciate it as I am at that stage where I want to buy something but a still looking and, as for the Cats, they seem nice and fast but super expensive even the Gemini is used at around 100,00 grand to 140,000. That is so expensive! But, if I could get a good monohil for 50 to 75...that would be ideal.
The most frustrating thing is that if it was me alone.....I could get a 30-footer for 20- 35 grand and be happy as a clam.
But, my lady brings many advantages so I need to find a boat big enough to give her a sense of space and I really appreciate all of your input and especially appreciate no wisecracks.