The entry to your moorings area is possibly going to be the deciding factor for you unless you can time your crossings to suit your draught.
There are a large number of boats on the market that fit your price
range. The problem would be the distance required to travel to look at the ones you think you might like and then the disappointment you feel when you find the boat is not exactly like it was advertised.
We live in Townsville and purchased a Roberts 31 in September year.
The search for the boat took over a year and we traveled several thousand kilometers and looked at so much rubbish before we found the boat we were after. It was eleven hundred kilometers from home.
We are a bit like you in that we are returning sailors and this is our fourth Yacht.
The Roberts is 31 ft on deck
and 36 ft overall with bowsprit
. She draws five feet.
When we bought the boat we sailed it down to Sydney
for the summer and then returned home just a few weeks ago. After a service
and cleanup we will re-provision and then sail to the Whitsundays for a month as we did not stop there on our way home.
Mate, it takes time to sort the decent boats from the crap that is on offer but if you stick to it you will find something that's just right for you.
The thing is to know what you DONT want and then get something with as much of what you DO want as you can.