Re: Sailboat under $5000 for Puget Sound
There are 3 on the dock with my old Catalina 25. This is an unusual number since there are 16 boats there total, all under 25', mostly sailboats. It is doubly unusual that this is Seattle and none of them are San Juan 24s.
One of the Tanzer 22s is getting new windows and the cabin sides appear to basically be gelcoat over 3/8" plywood with almost no glass on either side. He's had other problems too that I don't remember the details of. The other two Tanzer 22s are mostly ignored (I've never seen anyone at one of them, the other guy tries to sell his about twice a year and otherwise doesn't visit it). Plus they are really ugly.
Practical Sailor seems to think that they are better built than I do, so maybe my impressions are out of line.
boats that I sail on regularly: Pearson 28-2, Rondar 505, Yankee 30, Blanchard Junior