We had a 28 footer at the water line, beam was 10.5 feet with upper and lower helm. Boat was small but was OK we had it for 5 years. It was a go fast boat as we both worked and we went some distance to boat. If all you have off for time is 1 to 2 weeks and you want to go places small boat is better. We are retired now and we have time to go slow. We have gone 70 knots in a day but the water was perfect and there was no wind. In the go fast boat we did 22 knots and could do 80 knots in 4 hours. Fuel burn at 22 knots was 15 gallons an hour. If we go fast in the present boat it can be 50 gallons an hour at 18 knots. but at 6 knots it is 6 gallons an hour. Rent a few small boats and see what you like. A big boat when you retire is nice as you need (In my opinion) a floating home.