I just purchased a home in the US Virgin Islands and am looking to buy my first boat. I plan to use the boat for day cruising between St. Thomas, St. John and the Brittish Virgin Islands - no long distance trips and never out of sight of land and never in bad weather if it can be avoided. However I keep seeing advice that a bowrider is designed for lakes and rivers and is not suitable for the Caribbean. I've noticed a number of bowriders in use around the islands but am looking for advice as I do not want to compromise my family's safety. I can step up to a Sundancer 45', but I really do not need the cabin so it seems like a waste to spend money on boat with beds that will never be used. Is it truly unsafe to have a 35' bowrider for my intended use?