Look at Mariners 36 (NH ones not the Taiwan
built ones which are a totally diffrent boat by a different company built in the early 70s). Not a full keel
but very stable, points and tracks well. Can go on for hours with locked wheel
- and you can pretend it's on auto pilot. )) Very sturdy built. About 18,000lbs, 20,000lbs loaded with stuff. Last made in the early 80s, only about 80 were built but now a few are on the market, probably due to their long time owners getting on in years. Very loyal owner following. But most are selling now right around $30K. Of course they' dhave all the expected issues of a 30+ year old boat but most are very resolvable and make sense as the boat's quality overall encourages such investment.
PS Full disclosure - we own one but all of these facts I found out after the purchase
as during the pre-purchase survey
by a surveyor
and 2 very qualified marine
pros the boat was happily pronounced a good buy in the range you are looking but I didn't know squat about how good the boat was until I started researcing more about it. I know I went about purchasing
this one in *ss-backward way. But I was initially looking to replace a 27footer with a 30footer and this one came up unexpectedly at a price
just slightly higher than most 30footers I was looking at. And none of the 3 marine
pros had any interest whatsoever in me buying
or not buying
her which helped to cement my decision.
PPS This model is considered the proverbial "sleeper" as quality wise it's at least at Sabre
level (some say better) but because it is not well known outside New England
, with only about 80 boats having been made, it is way undervalued.