I know the Bay of Quinte well, and I've spent a decent amount of time there. I also know the boat market in the area fairly well, and $5000 should get you into something decent.
There are two boats I'm going to recommend, neither one is flashy, but they both suit your needs. (I would suggest three but somebody else already mentioned the Tanzer 22).
23. Probably the most spacious old 23 on the market. They sleep 5 (2 children
in V-Birth, 2 adults on Dinette and one in quarter birth). They have a small but complete galley
, and a private head
(nice feature on a 23). You should not have any trouble finding a Grampian
23 in the Kingston area for under $2000 which will leave you $3000 for a brand new engine- which will be your life line if you're inexperienced. They have a Pop top for full standing headroom
at the galley
The downside to the Grampian 23 is they are tired. They were inexpensive boats in the 70's. They're construction is solid enough, but they will be leaky in the rain, will be in need of upgrading and will only be equipped with basic systems. On the bay of Quinte they will be fantastic, they may feel a little small on the open waters of Lake Ontario
, but when Lake Ontario
gets ugly, I don't know many boats that don't feel a little small.
22. My brother sails one not too far north of you on the Ottawa. They will be a little more expensive than the Grampian 23 with much more cramped interior
. I would say around $5000 will get you the boat and an old out board.
will still feel small on the open lake, but will fair much better if you wind
up getting blown onto one of the many rocks in the area, and is generally a much more seaworthy
If I had to chose between the two, I would take a serious look at my usage. If I was spending a lot of over nights in the Bay of Quinte and the protection of the Adoplhus Reach and the thousand islands- I'd pick the Grampian. If I was planning on testing my limits and sailing Lake Ontario
(on fairly calm summer days) I'd go with the Alberg.
Edit: I don't think you will get much more in terms of seaworthiness from either of these oldys with the McGregor. They are pretty lightly built with no real keel (Grampian has a fin, Alberg a full). I don't have anything against McGregors, but you said you already have a power boat. Again, the Alberg 22 will be more seaworthy
than the Grampian 23 or the McGregor 26.