Not at all a bad list to begin with. Most on the list will do the job and you would be very happy cruising aboard. Keep in mind that purchase price
is just the beginning of the expenses. Budget
at least an additional 20k for fitting the boat out. It is not a bad thing at all to keep within a most reasonable range in terms of price
and size. You will find it gives you more options in terms of places to go, places to anchor
and much less cost...so you can cruise
Of course sailors and cruisers will dissagree, but your list contains some very well known boats that are noted for exactly the purpose you have in mind:
37 - elegant, sturdy, pricey. She is gorgeous down below..but her more narrow beam limits interior
space....something not generally noted by owners that are very happy with its nice cabin
38 - nice for living aboard
, sailing ability and blue water
capability have been debated, but you see A LOT of them. Pricey
Valiant 37 - a well known couple cruise
on this boat extensively (Winterlude). I have chatted with them over the past 2-3 yrs and they are very happy with their choice. Not an easy boat to find.
Bristol 38.8 - IMHO, a great design and a great boat...however, I would look at the Wauquiez version...a bit less expensive and a little better outfitted for offshore
. Also has a second private stateroom that the Bristol does not. The Wauq came in two versions: the MKI and MKII. The MK I has the baltic/swan style companionway
and is thus priced some 20k less than the MKII verson.
38 - nice boat, full keel
Tartan 37 - probably the boat on the list that would do what you want for the least amount of cash to buy the boat. These boats have dropped dramatically in price over the past few yrs. For some reason...the interior has always seemed ...to my eye...smaller than the specs. Not sure why.
At any rate...just $0.02. No doubt others will add more info and discussion.
Hope this helps