My little 1966 22-footer keeps me sane, even when she is on the hard and demands attention - as now. Virtually everything is second-hand, even engine, prop and propshaft (all from different sources!). Just 1 meter draft so in the ditch crawling category, but long keel (and 2 tons) so capable of coping with a good romp in a force 7 as I found out this summer! I think you are right in suggesting that some small boat issues are somewhat different to those concerning 40 footers. I for one dream of a nice 28 footer (Twister perhaps?) - plenty big enough for me and more than capable of doing all I wish to do, and still under 30'.