Just wanted to thank you all for your input and suggestions. I've been hemming and hawing for long enough so today I ordered the Laguna 1836.
After months of reading everything I could find, watching more youtube videos than a body has a right to and comparing options, etc., I decided this was the one for me. I have a feeling it's just the right size to suit my current and future needs and it's built like a Sherman tank.
Thanks again for all your input. It definitely helped.