The Cape Dory
30 on paper should be a nice boat. I always like a nice Cape Dory. A 35 would be sweet. The best advice in this case is date other boats. You can only buy the ones for sale
. You don't need to compare every boat ever built.
What else could you buy now? Buy the best boat you can afford is never a bad idea. You buy at a point in time and all the other boats really for sale
are alternatives. I think the idea of computing the perfect boat then going to look for it is just about the hardest way possible. It could be a trashed Cape Dory 30 and I would runaway fast in that case. You ned to figure out what you like. Like by looking in person and love after the survey
. Pictures of boats are interesting but I wouldn't write a deposit based on one.
You can easily know what other boats in your locality are for sale
and compare them so you know you are chasing the right boat. If you don't have a lot of experience it's easy to shop by brand name and think you can't go wrong. It's the hard way. Walk some docks and crawl on some boats. Talk to folks you meet along the way. Keep notes and decide what you like and don't like on every boat you look at. Through this process the light bulb goes on and you just know then send pictures. We like to see pictures.