Agree with Steve 100%.
My 1st boat was a US27, a production boat from supposedly average quality manufacturer whose parent company was Bayliner ('nough said). After I purchased her I was looking for a pro for some fiberglass work
(I picked the boat up very cheaply basically for the cost of the haul) and stumbled upon a recent immigrant from Europe
who turned out to be a well known small boat builder
(up to 40') in his small Baltic
country with 40 years of marine
work experience. We became good friends and he really taught me a lot with his vast marine
and boatbuilding knowledge. The guy grew up on a small island near their capital city and from the age of 7 to 14 rowed and motored to school
by boat, each freaking day, including winters, until they built a bridge there.
Anyway, while changing depthsounder we discovered that the boat bottom had so much fiberglass
structure (2"+) near the keel
bildge turn that the boat could be sat on its keel
or take a grounding, which it did without any damage other than a small dent in the lead keel. Same held for much of the rest of the boat. Each time we poked at something we found another pleasant surprise. Both him and another marine pro pronounced the boat a good candidate for ocean crossing
with some usual beefing up of standing rigging
, etc. But they said that otherwise, structurally, the boat was very well built and still solid. Which was a big surprise for me considering I paid all of $400 for it 10 years ago and planed to use her as my 1st training
Unfortunately after about 3-4 years it became too small for me and my g/f and together with the diesel
conking out and the need to upgrade 25 year old systems and with my plans to liveaboard
in not too distant future I opted to sell her and get a bigger boat.
Anyway my point being that there are a lot of well constructed if not well maintained boats in 27-35' range and one does not need a Bentley sized budget
to do ocean crossing
or two. Those with more time than money
will do well to look at the boats seemingly in need of TLC provided their bones are solid and can start going places for well under $10K altogether.