My friend had a Lancer
30 that we spent a bit of time on. I certainly wouldn't qualify it as a "blue water
cruiser" by any means. If I wanted an inexpensive boat for harbor cruising and maybe going to Catalina
with every year or two, the Lancer might be a choice.
In the price
range you're probably looking, check for an Ericson
. They're built very well, and if you hunt and peck in the mid 1970's, you can find some nice deals on the 32's +.
I really should second Chuck's comments though; it was not something you'd want to be on too long. They were built, if memory serves, quite cheaply down in Mexico
, in order to fill the low budget price
point when sailing was really popular. I might be totally nuts in that memory, but it sounds familiar.