Sorry, the second half of my post did not post!
I was writing that from mid 30 foot to 50 foot, you go from one to multiple heads, much higher displacement
which can make boat handling much harder around docks, a 50 foot boat would have an engine
3 times the size of the 24 hp diesel
in my 35 foot boat.
I have a mid 60's friend who traded in his cal
39 for a 50 foot swan. The boat cost 4 times as much, and after two years he would kill for his smaller boat back, try cranking in the headsail during a blow without an electric winch
mid 30 foot Tartans, Allied
, Saber, Bristol, Alberg
, Seasprite, Cape Dory
around 30-40k that don't need much or any work is where I'd look. It costs a lot more in money
and time to buy a fixer upper then to get a boat in good shape to begin with. Even if you get a boat in good shape boats are expensive. I have done every bit of maintenance
myself on my boat and am still shocked at how much I spend. If the yard did everything, add $55 to $85 an hour to what I spend on parts
Good luck, and instead of spending time on lakes in Virginia, take a look at the Crew forum for cruisers looking for crew. Try going on a delivery
up or down the East coast
is not too far and is a great place for you to hook up with someone for some great experience.