If anyone needs a more defined area. 30' - 40', up to $80,000.00.
In response to one or two comments, I'm not talking about totally inexperienced sailors, taking it to extreme examples helps no one.
From a retrofit standpoint most sailors who've been doing it for a number of years have adequate repair and maintenance
skills, I don't expect the average sailor to be able to rebuild
their own engine
, or drop their own keel
Those who would be able to do average refitting work and need to farm out some of the more specialized jobs, of course, it wouldn't be prudent to buy a boat of that type in the first place.
Over the years I've found a number of production boats from several different eras that would fit the bill, most with some work needing to be done, but not outside the realm of a fairly handy individual.
A number of the makes a few of the respondents mentioned are good choices that give people looking for cruising boats a bit more latitude when looking, that's basically what I was asking about.
As for my own boats, I've had mainly production oriented boats, but also some semi-custom boats, both had their good and bad sides, some of them could be cruised, maybe not as comfortable as a first line boat, but sailed prudently would do the job. Not every sailor here is going to sail the Southern Ocean.
Thanks for those who responded with some positive information.