I don’t want to start the argument on what criteria make up an offshore boat or what models would qualify, but I suggest you broaden your search to what some consider coastal cruisers. Seattle
does not require any passages longer than around 3 days so weather
could easily be avoided. You say that you might go to the Med, well a lot of ‘production’ boats with fin keels and spade rudders go across the Atlantic every year.
I just sold my IOR era C&C
38 that has done a tour of the South Pacific
, sailed the Atlantic and Caribbean
and many journeys to Mexico
and back for $25k all under various owners. That boat had a recent Yanmar
, replaced rod rigging
and mast rebuild
, monitor wind vane
, solid deck/hull and clean interior
. With another $10-15k you could have refreshed the canvas
and safety gear
and had a boat ready for cruising. Granted not as comfortable in a blow as the models you listed, but will get you there a bit faster.
I believe your budget would work
for your plans, just widen your net. You could also look in the 32’-35’ range which seems to be a lot cheaper. Good luck with your search and plans; I’m boatless at the moment too and it’s driving me nuts.