It took me 3 boats to get it right (and I'm not alone) in one year! 😀
No.1 A very small aft cockpit boat with petrol outboard. Nothing about it suited us and it was terrible for the dog.
No. 2 Hampton Safari MkIII (with the forward well) Really loved this boat and miss it in an affectionate way. All one level meant perfect for the dog and for knees that are beginning to creak a bit these days. We're also local and the plan was days out and the odd overnighter. But we caught the Broads Bug well and truly and wanted to go out for a week or two at a time. Needed more space for that so along came boat...
No. 3 This is an older style Bounty DC30, all one level, tons of room, bow and stern wells, easy to handle, opens up a lot in good weather and closes down warm and cosy to cruise in normal weather... I mean cold and wet weather. Was great for dog at first (her health and mobility suffered and she is sadly gone now)
The trade off is the low helm position, some don't like it as they say all you see is reeds! There is a grain of truth in this but there is plenty to see in reality and sharing the helm means you never really miss anything! But if you don't like it then it will take the edge off your enjoyment.
I believe that there are still the more recent,all GRP, Bounty 30s around but I don't know of any for sale at the moment, many will probably need a bit of tidying up. I think the style of boat rather than the specific model is what I'm getting at here.
When we started looking the one type of boat I knew I didn't want was an all on one level, forward helm... which turned out to be ideal, so my recommendation is not necessarily this type of boat but to try out as many styles as you can before deciding.
Good luck! 👍