Sounds like the Westsail has caught your interest but another prospect along with the smaller Valiants would be a Dreadnought 32. I like ours a lot, very stoutly built,she is a good sailor with a draft
of 4'9" and excellent comfort at sea and hull speed
rating. The hull
is 1 1/8" thick all the way around and is balsa cored above the waterline.
There is a very nice example for sale
right now at Yachtworld... she's in Oxnard, California
very lightly used purchased in 1979 with a 2001 splash date! She does need a bit of interior
completion but the work done so far looks well executed.
There is another on Sailboatlistings.com... not the one in Santa Barbara... bad news that one... but somewhere back east. That one has been beautifully finished inside and for a turnkey bluewater boat really well priced.
These are lesser known boats, only 80 or so built usually ketch
rigged and show up at slightly better price
than a similarly well found and equipped Westsail.
Ours is hull
#7, the last of their flattop models produced and is cutter
rigged. Good turn of speed and plenty of room inside.
Met a guy while on charter
who sailed a Westie out of USVI and he was pretty happy with his.
With any luck we will be sailing Molly B that way ourselves this year.