Practical Sailor published a multi volume series that is as close as anything I know of to being what hubby has asked for. Titled Practical Boat Buying
, by Belvoir Publications. I have Volumes 1 & 2, both published 1999, so obviously not quite up to date. Vol 1 covers boats 20' to 34', and Vol 2, 34' to 64'. Gives summary specs and about two pages of commentary for each boat covered, along with some information on price history
on the new and used markets. Doesn't cover every boat made, but each volume covers about 80 of the better known manufacturers and models. At the end, gives a few useful chapters on how to buy a boat, pitfalls in the process, maintenance
and a tiny bit on gear
. Through a booksellers mistake, I have two copies of Volume 2. If you're interested in becoming the owner of one of them, PM me.