I wouldn't fixate on price or even specific boats or age personally. From what I have just gone through in my search, it takes looking at boats, and having an idea what you are looking for.
I found mine on Craigslist, a 1979, that had been maintained by knowledgeable people, upgraded with upgrades I would have done (e.g. stainless steel
ports), a Doyle stackpack main and 110% Genoa
with a season's light use, plus unused 150% Genoa
MP-S and Gennaker
. Immaculate mostly, down below, in need of a clean and TLC to teak
, and a Polish topsides.
Be patient, the right boat will turn up, and you will know it when you see it.
Best of luck to you.
For perspective, a car is a hole in tarmac we pour money
into, and a house is a hole in the landscape we pour money
into as well. As long as you don't over buy relative to your budget
, you should be fine.