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Looking for 1st boat that isn't towed behind my car, or fits on my roof-racks

Recently discovered this site and thought it was time to say G'day. What a great resource!

My introduction - sailing and racing in numerous one-design classes -monohull, catamarans, and windsurfers - mostly on Australia's southeast coast. A few years ago my family became more interested in sailing and we had a great time completing our ASA bareboat certification together. Since then we have cruised a few times and are now looking to buy our first 'real' boat - i.e. one we can all be on at the same time and spend some holiday time on - mostly between the Chesapeake and NC.

At last years Annapolis show we were very unsure what to look for - spent too much time looking at boats way to big for us (43 ft and even larger), but now are thinking to get the smallest boat that meets our objectives. So far we're thinking a 34-38 ft fast coastal cruiser. Looking forward to a much more focussed search for our perfect boat at this year's show, and maybe meeting up with a few folks from this site.

If anyone has suggestions for specific models to be looking at - would love to hear them.

Cheers,
Bill
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