Howdy CoolDave, Welcome Aboard CF!
What follows is written in a friendly tone of voice and with the sole intent to help.
Whenever I see a post asking about a boat or "help me find a boat that…" the first question that enters my mind is:
"What is the limit of asking price you have?"
With an adequate budget
(i.e. funds to meet an advertised "asking price
range") one can find a solution.
Without the adequate budget
, it is asking folks to name what they would want, without necessarily any real fit for what you can buy.
My simple suggestion: Name the budget available for the purchase of the boat.
Even better post the maximum asking price or advertised price
you would seriously consider spending.
Ask folks here to spend that amount for you, virtually, of course.
Once you name the budget (the maximum asking price
you would consider for a boat), you will narrow the field considerably.
The second important question: "Where are you located and where do you want to sail?"
And that leads me to a third question: "How far will you go to purchase the boat?"
For example: Will you only consider purchase if it is in UK home waters? Or, would you consider purchase of a boat in Turkey
For example: If your profile says you are in the PNW, but your post says you want to cruise
. Will you only look at boats in Florida
, or the Caribbean
, or only in the PNW or elsewhere?
Here is a thread I also suggest subscribing to if you want to see some noteworthy boats that are available now (for sale
now) at a lower asking price point:
Boats Less than $30K
Boats Less Than $30K Recent Noteworthy Finds
One of those boats just sold for $3800. It was older, but looked like it was in very nice condition and had a recent survey
One boat I also mention for the tall sailor who is looking at that size of boat (about 30-35 feet) is the Hunter
30T. The "T" model has somewhat higher headroom. Look in the 1990s for one and you can find them about $25K-$35K.