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Re: Is bigger always better? Nordica 20
Just my 2 cents, but if you are:
1) looking for something with more cockpit room
2) not going to be spending many nights onboard as you daysail it
3) On Lake Ontario
4) Budget minded
One boat I can definitely recommend is the Shark 24. I went from a Grampian 23 to my Shark about 4 years ago. The Grampian had the same issue as your current boat, a tiny cockpit.
Paid less for the shark than I sold my Grampian for and it is a great boat. I use my boat much like you do, and love the shark for it's size, great ability to point, and very budget friendly.
I do sleep on it a few times over the summer, and two people can sleep on it okay; with maybe a small kid in the V berth. Not much cabin room to be honest, but enough for my purpose.
If you look around, you should be able to find one for around $3000 or less. (Sure, some of the decked out racing ones are going for $10K). Plus, given the number of Sharks around Lake Ontario, there are a lot of used sails out there at reasonable prices. Based on the picture in your post, I would imagine there is a Shark in that Marina for you to take a look at. There aren't many Marina's on Lake Ontario that don't have a Shark or two docked.