Are you planning on keeping the boat in the water at a marina or on a mooring?
If so, then you might want to look at something like an Alberg 30, which is large enough that you can have room for you, your better half and your kids, and yet small enough to take out on daysails and singlehand. Also, it is seaworthy enough that it can handle almost any weather you can sail in. Finally, it is going to leave you a fair amount of room in your budget to upgrade and re-fit it to your specific needs, and pay for the mooring/marina slip and maintenance costs for a few years.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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Last edited by sailingdog; 01-18-2007 at 03:56 PM.