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Re: Is 36 enough ?
One thing I would consider is that these are two completely different kinds of sailing. Eastern Canada is going to be cold and unpleasant in an open cockpit most of the time. Ventilation below will be of little consequence, but heat below will be important.
In the tropics however, ventilation moves up pretty close to the top of your list and it's pleasant sailing in a unenclosed (a dodger and bimini are nice) cockpit day or night. You may want to swap the cabin heater for an AC unit, as being at the dock in the tropics can be nearly intolerable without AC.
Why not look for a 'northern cruiser' for the present and when you are ready to head to the tropics, find a suitable boat for that.
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