G'Day to both Alaskans and welcome to CF.
First of all, a reality check: in the price
range that you mention, any 35 +/- foot boat
will need additional money
invested and work
done. This is just a fact of life, one that is often ignored by novice boat
buyers until too late. For a newcomer
(and in fact for an experienced amateur) judging the amount of work
required is tough. A good surveyor
can help in this, but really, even these pros often miss important things.
Second, in an area like yours where there is a limited pool of candidate boats, the problem is exacerbated, and it is easy to run out of patience and buy unwisely. Surveyors cost a significant fraction of the purchase price
in your range, so it would be really helpful if you can find a mentor who can help you do a "pre-survey" evaluation of any boat that you are seriously considering. Some trolling around local yacht clubs might be productive along those lines... lots of yotties enjoy being helpful to newbies. There are books
which lead you through doing your own survey
The waters that you will be sailing can be pretty challenging to vessel and crew. The 30+ years of usage that your examples have seen can lead to some structural issues that are not easy to evaluate -- things like chain plates, keel bolts
(if present) rot
difficulties and others. A compliment of electronics
and shiny varnish
don't mean that these critical areas are in good nick.
I hate to sound so negative, but we see all too many folks who fail to understand what is involved in these purchases. You may have noticed a concurrent thread entitled "At my wits end"... these people have suffered from just such issues.
From your postings you seem to have a reasonable plan, and I wish you the best of luck in finding the right boat and enjoying her use.