For sailing the South Bay and to Catalina
occasionally any boat in good condition will work for you. The size you mentioned is quite common and you should be able to find a used boat
that size and price
. Rather than brand, condition is going to be most important. While I'm in the camp of moderate displacement
, over-built boats for long term cruising
, a popular production built costal cruiser should meet you local and learning
needs. Think about Catalinas, Benateau, Hunter
, or older Morgans, Cals. Etc. one of this forum members has a nice Morgan
33 for sail in MDR that might work for you.
On edit: I see that boat has been sold.