Hi, this is my first post so hopefully it's in the right place. While my sailing goal has been to work my way up to a Valiant 40, a wife, house, kids, their college and the dog have put a damper on that. I've had various boats up to 30 ft and am ready to go pilothouse or at least something more comfortable. I would still like some performance. Boats I've considered are the Pearson 36 Pilothouse of the 365 line, Truant/Saturna, LM 30 and 32, Mariner 38, Tanzer 10.5 and Southerly 30 to 32. I like the looks of the Gulf 32 and Fishers but don't think they would satisfy my sailing needs. My philosophy is to get the smallest boat that meets my needs which seems to be around 30 to 34 ft with 6 ft headroom throughout, if possible. A Gulf 27 or 29 is probably too small due to head room constraints. Having decent forward visibility is sure a plus. From other posts, larger boats may be necessary for that but those are not an option. The Pearson is near the top of the list. Probably the top boat is the Valiant 40 pilothouse, or any Perry design, but too expensive for me. So, any thoughts, specifically on the Pearson 36 pilothouse and Mariner 38, since both were for sale around here recently for under $40K? Thoughts on the other boats I mentioned or any I haven't would be great, too. I plan to daysail and also cruise the sound for a few days at a time with my wife, sometimes by myself, but would really like to get out of the weather at times. If we can't find a pilothouse, other boats we like are the Nonsuch 26 and 30 and Freedom 30 for their simplicity, freestanding rigs, interior volume and performance. I've had a Herreshoff America 18 and Marshall Sanderling 18 so could enjoy a larger catboat. A dodger and cockpit cover could act as a pilothouse when needed. A daysailer like a Wayfarer 16 and a pilothouse with less performance if the price is right could work but having it all in one boat would be ideal. I'm flexible... Thanks in advance.