Originally Posted by Texas 17
You can get a 25-29 ish boat with 4 stroke outboards and still be in the 15-20 gph range at 30 mph cruise. It will be tight to sleep three, but doable, especially if you don't care if you have a cockpit with room to fish. Get something with an aft cabin and you should have enough space for tight quarters sleeping.
Yep, that's my boat from the economy perspective. Good fishing boat for the Bay and we (family of 4) can overnight for a weekend in reasonable comfort. The mid-cabin, often referred to as the kids cave, is great for the kids and the wife and I sleep in the bow. Boat has a/c, which is nearly a must if you plan to overnight in marinas. Have yet to hang on the hook for a night but I might try it this fall.
Of course, my boat is nearly 11' wide and tough to trailer...If it were much narrower, I think a lot of the comfort and fishability would go away...