Ok, here goes... I have had an E23-MKII since July. We had a blast on Lake union and Lake Washington in Seattle this summer. We have her moored on lake union. Pure bliss...
Because things went so well I figure it is time to change something! Here is a bit of background: Ruth (The commodore) had no sailing experience before this summer but is really enjoying herself so far. I had a mostly dingy based upbringing, but found the E-23 easy enough to handle on the lakes.
I am itching to get into Puget sound for more extensive adventures (um... modest ones to be sure!) such as overnights, weekends, and maybe even the odd week of cruising the inland waters of puget sound. I can't see us ever leaving protected waters.
We want to preserve the ability to "pop onto the lake after work" for a glass of wine on the water, but I would also like something big enough to take onto the sound in relative comfort and safety. I am a firm believer in owning the SMALLEST boat in which you can reasonably do what you want. 30ish feet seems about right to me.
Things that seem to be important from our summer's experience: A roller furling would be helpful, as would a locking helm of some sort. Self tailing winches would be swell. A working head would extend our cruising time significantly. I am about to haul my 23 and do some maintenance. Maybe I should trade up instead?!
I trust the collective wisdom of this group.