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Selecting a new boat is never easy. You need to carefully evaluate your family's lifestyle. You also need to consult seriously with the other family members. My wife will only set foot on a “beautiful” boat. Our son will only sail a “cool” boat. My wife will not stay overnight unless the boat has air-con. My son would love to stay overnight, even in our crammed classic wooden Skerry Cruiser from 1954.
Most families are juggling many commitments and interest. Traditional long distance all-weather cruising is less feasible than it used to be.
Most boats spend most of their time on the mooring. By some measure, all boats are only used 3% of the time.
All the boats that you mention on your list are European boats designed for traditional cruising or charter. They have large cabins with many bunks, lots of storage, and a lot of equipment, most of which you will rarely need for day-sailing in LI Sound as you describe it.
You and your family may instead consider some of the new day-boats that have been introduced in recent years. They all have huge cockpits where you and your guests spend most of the time, yet the small cabin has enough facilities to support day-sailing and the occasional overnight stay in nice weather.
You may find that your family members prefer the graceful lines of a day-boat, and you may enjoy the simple shorthanded handling, and the high speed you get out of these sleek boats. Interestingly, many of these boats are made in America, such as E33, Alerion Express 28, 33, 38, Sabre Spirit, Morris 29, 36, 42. If you dare you can even show your family the Hinckley DS42 but watch out in case they want it!
Nis Peter Lorentzen