You really are not looking for a boat that will "jump" waves. In the Bay we get a mix of snotty water that is rarely like offshore conditions with large rolling waves. You need a boat that is capable of parting most of the smaller wakes and waves and expect to jump very rarely. That said, Bay boaters also learn there are times when you need to run "on top" of the waves. The typical period of natural waves runs from 8 to 13 feet. Ideally you want a boat that can span 3 wave tops for the best ride quality. This translates to a 30-40 foot boat depending on the day. On most days I am very happy with my 31 Formula, with the right speed the boat will set up and run on top quite comfortably and the wife doesn't even complain. There are some days when a 38-40 foot boat is the only thing that is gonna run comfortably up on top which is why many people end up with that size boat on the Bay. I would give up some speed for size if you can, since most of your time will be spent at cruise as opposed to top end anyhow.