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.
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"