Don't forget to keep an eye out for the older Columbia's too. I just bought a 1961 Columbia
29', it's a Sparkman Stephens design. They are great sailors and the Alberg 30
has the same basic lines as well. They were extremely well built with hand laid fiberglass
hulls. The nice part about the Columbias at least is they have solid (i.e. non cored) decks and hulls. The boats were overbuilt with extra layers of glass in the hulls (I'm not sure how the Albergs stack up but I've heard good things). They are old but can be found for very reasonable prices (I got mine for paying the storage
bill of $1500, the engine
runs great being recently rebuilt with the reciepts for the work to prove it! Along with lots of new gear
.). Along with the Albergs the Columbias are considered very capable blue water
cruisers with many instances of people circumnavigating in them.
Keep in mind you can always find a good deal on a boat of questionable quality (I made that mistake with a Formosa), the end result being the yard got another derlict to cut up at some point. I got a pile of parts
and stuck on the dry with no boat for 5yrs while saving up again... Now instead of taking off cruising I've gotten married bought a house found a career ect. GO NOW or SOON make do with less except when it comes to being safe and most of all ENJOY LIFE. Good luck with your plans, and fair winds.