Could use some suggestions on models to look for. We are in the Santa Barbara, California area and currently have a grandbanks eastbay 37'. I do really like the boat but we've found we aren't really using it in the manner we thought we would and are looking to size up with some different features. We do fish, and sometimes alot, but we aren't agro about it, and usually focus on halibut, seabass and rockfish around the channel islands. These days, we more commonly go out for 2-3 days, will fish a little, go onshore for a hike, dive a little, and then go look for waves. I've found with surfboards and 2 couples and a baby, it gets tight really quick. I've also found everyone avoids going downstairs to the galley if they can, so a big portion of the boat never gets used. I'm the only one that can hang down there without getting sick when we are underway, so I'm always cooking. What we are hoping to find is 40-46 long Ideally a beam close to 15' bigger cockpit with more room for chairs and a person or two fishing Galley up configuration Ideally a cabin forward configuration as we don't end up using the front deck much Don't care that much about twin vs single screw, although seems pretty much all the sportfishers out here have twins. I was a twin only guy, but have recently been seeing the merits of a big single. Don't mind a flybridge, but would prefer not. We are usually out with my inlaws who are getting older, so I'd really like as few stairs as possible. I also like using the roof for surfboards and kayaks 16-17knot comfortable cruise What I've been looking at currently is something like a lobster style downeast boat like a wesmac or a wayne beal/lowell brothers style hull. I've read conflicting reports on how those do in our local following seas. They are also uncommon out here although there are a few in the SB harbor. So I may be looking at shipping one. Could really use some advice on: How these boats do in the frequent following seas we have here. I've read a bit and it sounds like much more of a stylistic preference as opposed to a wesmac not handling following seas well. But it does give me pause that I see so few here. That said, everything about the layout of a wesmac 42 or 46 is much more desirable to me than what I see in sportfishers here. Models to look at. Hoping to stay under 350k, ideally more like 300. I don't mind something that needs a little work. I have a company on the side that builds high end custom composite campers with lifting roofs, so I've done a fair bit of glass, electrical and plumbing work. $.02 on why all these boats are generally singles vs almost all twins out here?