You could easily find a CD27 or 28 in good shape for under $20k.
We own a CD27, I'm 6'1 but the cabintop scrapes the top of my head in the aft portions of the cabin, I can't stand up in the v-berth.
Personally, I'd lean towards the 28 if you can.
Originally Posted by barefootnavigator
I would completely strike Cape Dory off my list, they have way too many deck problems and I'm sure your not looking to completely rebuild a boat.
I've never seen a CD with deck problems that weren't attributable to idiot owners, what's your source/experience for that?
Any boat with improperly bedded deck hardware will develop core rot, our CD sat neglected for 8+ years and the deck is still solid and coring dry with no rot or structural damage. I've looked at a number of others in the same situation, none with deck problems. They have their select issues, but deck problems aren't one of them unless someone didn't bed their hardware properly (the factory did).