I have a 41 and love it. The Sceptre group gets together in Puget Sound
every year around Sept. The build of the boat is quite good. Here is a link to the Sceptre 41 website Sceptre 41
The prices on them have come down alot in the last year or so but you can expect to spend $125 to $250 for the boat. I don't think they qualify as beginner boats but the good thing about the 41 is that they are pilothouses and allow you to sail the boat from an inside steering
station which would extend your sailing season in Alasksa. If you have any more specific questions I'd be glad to try and answer them.
Between us there was, as I have already said somewhere, the bond of the sea. Besides holding our hearts together through long periods of separation, it had the effect of making us tolerant of each other's yarns -- and even convictions. Heart of Darkness