Sorry I haven't been replying, long day at work.
Owner sites are a great idea. I'll make sure and dig into them prior to my in person boat inspections so I have an idea of specific problems to keep an eye out for.
I'm surprised to hear the Watkins weren't built well. I was under the impression they were overbuilt, but not the best sailing boats.
I'll look into the Cals and Columbias some more. If I remember correctly there were only a few that were shoal draft
versions, but I'll look again.
Vanguards weren't on the list due to the interior
space. Being tall I can use every inch in height and vberth possible. I could be wrong on the headroom
in them though. It's a hard # to find. Almost as hard as vberth length!!!
I've been looking hard on Craigslist, Sailboat listings, boat trader, Ebay, Good Old Boat, and local brokers on the east coast
. Seems like I'll find the best deal from the FSBO sites.
I'll look over my list a little closer to make sure I get a boat that will sail well, give us the room we will need and is in great shape...good condition being first qualifier!!!
This is a great help...Thanks everyone!!!