Before buying our boat we made a list of "must haves" and "nice to haves"

 

Must haves:

Center Cockpit

Comfortable owner cabin/bed - no climbing over each other when getting in or out of bed

Big table in salon (e.g. for sewing)

Practial layout

Easy to handle, ideally single handed (in emergencies)

Nice to haves:

Cutter Rig

Plenty of storage room

less then 2m draft

anchor chain > 50m

Boats we looked at:

Westerly 41 Oceanlord

Sunbeam 39

Sunbeam 42 DS

Moody 41

Moody 39

Oyster 412

Contest 39

Contest 43/44