Re: Sailboat under $5000 for Puget Sound
For $4K you could do much worse than the Sun 27 barring unmentioned fatal issues. They are a decent sailing boat with a fair bit of space (quite a bit 'more boat' than a Catalina 27, for example). They have a reasonably good rep, were built by Spencer in Richmond BC, and IIRC it was a bit of a Monk/Perry collaboration.
I believe it has a molded keel/encapsulated lead ballast similar to the Ranger 29. Despite the poor pics it's worth a look... get them to email the actual pics to you, not just thumbnails.
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Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)