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You might want to take a look at the Catalina 380 first. They are all over the gulf of Mexico and some in more distant locations. Cost difference probably would not be that much. I lived aboard and cruised with my wife, kiddo, an 2 dogs on a 380 and will attest for its durability It is awesome for island hopping. It is heavy enough to take a beating. It has a seperate shower, comfortable masters berth, nice seperate nav station, and good accessibility to your systems. It came out of the old Morgan mold and is solid.
Just take a look first. Boats are such a big investment, consider all of your options. Also, unless you are going to pay cash, it can be cheaper to have a boat loan that exceeds 100k after down payment. 100k often gets % point breaks and 20 year terms.