I'd look at a 5.3RC as well. You can get a side by side configuration, and a 2x2 single jockey layout which you may prefer if used to a helm / navigator set up on a larger boat. There aren't many boats under 5.5m where you can get a console and side by side seating arrangement. I do definitely like having crew next to me - not just behind. It certainly gives the impression of being more sociable - even if you can't talk at 30kts!
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