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She will be used for living aboard in South Florida about 85% of the time and coastal day sailing the other 15%. About the most adventurous I would get is sailing to the Bahamas for short periods or half loops a year to avoid winter and hurricane season.

I really don't want anything with a wooden or cored hull. I would prefer solid fiberglass decks as well, but that is hard to find.

Wife, teenager, and three dogs. Statistically five years from now it'll be me, her, and one dog given everyone's ages. 33-37 footer to accommodate all this, probably center cockpit.

Really liked the nonsuch concept, but cored hulls ruled that out. Really liked the Moody's all glass construction but it probably isn't the best boat for our planned use (?) as a Bluewater boat with 5'6" draft. O'day 37? Columbia 36?

Anything else I should look at?
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Here is an awesome boat near you, CSY 33, no core even in the deck: 1978 CSY 33 SAILBOAT | eBay
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The CSYs seem to be well regarded and although a small community the consensus seems to be that they are well built. The only catch I see is I don't see so much as an aft quarterberth in the layout so where to stow the teenager becomes an issue...?
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If most of your sailing is going to be around Florida and the Bahamas, then I would advise that you rule out anything with a draft deeper than 5 feet. Yes, of course, (someone is bound to say) you can go lots of places with a draft deeper than that. It's true, you can. If you stick mostly to the channels, pay close attention to the charts, and remain continuously aware of where the tide is in its cycle. Even then there will be a lot of places that you CANNOT go.

In this part of the world it is just a whole lot easier -- especially if you are neither racing, nor in need of a serious ocean-crossing boat -- to stick with a shallower draft and not have to worry as much about running aground. (And even if you stick to a draft of no more than 5 feet, you will STILL have to worry a little bit about running aground!)

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Shoal draft, solid glass, spacious cabin with liveaboard space for aforementioned two and four legged people.

Have we shortned the list from merely "short" to "nonexistent" yet?

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My option would be to stow the teenager in the lazarette, but that is just me.

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So why is coring bad? It provides for a lighter, stiffer structure.

I understand that leaks around fittings can be problematic, but if a boat is properly maintained, that should not be a show stopper. My 27 yr old deck and hull are balsa cored and are still going strong.

Maybe the OP needs to concentrate on build quality and evidence of proper maintenance--whatever the construction.
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Any thoughts on an Irwin 32 / 37 center cockpit? Might have to accept a cored deck.

Like the csy, but the 5 foot draft is probably a deal breaker and there aren't a lot of them out there.
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You will be able to find boats without a cored hull, but finding one without a cored deck is going to be just about impossible. Not a big deal to have it surveyed to insure the deck is solid.

And I would expand your search to include boats with an aft cabin, not just center cockpit boats. Will give you enough privacy with the private cabins at the two opposite ends of the boat. Something like a Bene 361 or Catalina 36 with a wing keel.

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Cored hulls are not inherently bad. They are just more susceptible to issues than a non-cored hull. They have to be checked very carefully, and you have to be aware that delamination, or moisture in the core, can be very expensive to fix.
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