Not sure where you are but I came across what looked to be a nice older boat from the 60s in Los Angeles area (though the ad said 1975, not sure why) that appeared to be in great shape, obviously well-maintained. I think it was an Islander 34, kind of a rare find. They were asking $20K. So there are boats like that. I'd recommend something like that: a well-made boat in very good shape for around 20-25K and leave 5-10K of your 30K for "little" stuff to fix or add. May seem extreme but stuff just seems to add up. Not sure if ad is still current
but I'll post the link:
Cruising Sailboat 34' Islander
I am not necessarily saying I'd jump on this right away if I had 30K but I'd certainly give it a good look!
A friend of mine recently bought a Cheoy Lee
30 in very nice shape, which is pretty roomy inside and well-made, it had some key upgrades but the engine
needed some work to get the cooling
working and it needed bottom paint
, but that was 12k. So it can seem daunting at first when you start looking, but if it were me I'd be shopping
for the older, stronger and well-maintained boats.