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Of course, a larger boat would be nicer, and more comfortable for a family of four, but I wouldn't go larger because you were worried about weather and seas. I sailed out of MDR for years on my Catalina 27, with many trips to Catalina, and it was plenty of boat as far as wind and seas are considered. The waters of Santa Monica bay are semi-protected, and generally predictable.
I have no particular information or experience about the Islander, but I find that my Catalina 30 works well for my wife and I, along with my 14 year old daughter, and 12 year old son for about a week of cruising.
That being said, keep in mind that most people are pretty happy with the boats they presently own and are strong advocates for them. This may distort their perspective a bit. Myself included
1987 CS 36 Merlin "Kyrie"
"They drove a dump truck full of money up to my house. I'm not made of stone!" -Krusty the Clown
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