Newbie from CT - I have a young family - 3 kids under 13 and a busy work life. We have been enjoying a Sea Hunt Escape Dual console the past 3 yrs on the Ct River but have been talking about doing the 'weekend thing'. I have read a lot about express cruisers, but find myself more traditional in my boat style interests. In looking for a stable ride, good gas economy, relatively lower upkeep with a single screw, and a classy look, I found myself reading more about the Downeast style cruiser. Boating plans would be for weekend trips to Block Island, Shelter Island, Napa Tree, Newport. Am I thinking about this right with a Downeast boat? Would prob need to b at least 35 feet given family of 5. Welcome thoughts, thanks!!