Thinking long-term, we would like a boat with a SU head, cuddy, small galley, but not as important. Would like room for four adults, plus 1-2 kids. Usually will be us plus our teens and our youngest, thus the cuddy. We retire in 12-15 years, and by then may be close to paying off a boat, so buying a retirement boat now (we will be in our 50s) is the thought. (Comments welcome about that rationale. The thought of the large debt is eating our brains. We also just want to enjoy this time with our kids before they are gone, so what the hell? Spend it now before we get cancer, etc.)
Were considering 22' Hewes Searunner, but have realized we need more room. Now, are considering the Hewes 26' Pacific Cruiser. The cuddy plus dinette space, and eventually adding the extended cover from Silverstreak will provide the camping space we need. Seems tough enough inside the cabin to hold up to camping/fishing/hunting, good safety record, warrantees. Dewey's puts twin 115s on these, but we might opt for twin 150s. We might save gas if we don't. We will be fully loaded if we have kids, equipment, food, water, fish, and a dog. Hmmm.
Is there another boat we should consider in the same price range that meets our criteria? Suggestions? We are hoping to be in the water by Summer 2012.