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Looking for Design Suggestions for my next boat

Have been living aboard for 7-8 years on my much modified Pearson Vanguard and am looking for more room. I live and work aboard year round in New England and while the Vanguard is doable, it's short on space.I want to cruise in 3-5 years.

My criteria:
Price range 35K or less

Coastal now but sturdy enough for extended offshore passages in 3 years

Adequate tankage

Prop in aperture (I sail Maine a lot and pot lines are everywhere.


I like older designs but willing to forgo the Rhodes/Alberg CCA ERA for demonstrably more comfort, liveability and sailing performance. Recently looked at a Bristol 35.5 but the engine access was ridiculous. Looking at a Gulfstar 37 this week.
Boats I like include the Alberg 37, Tayanas of course (but not in my price range), Westsails (but the slow reputation gives me lots of hesitation).
I can handle projects as I do all my own work, but I don't want a basket case.
I'd like to expand my horizons a bit and look at designs different than just the older CCA era boats outlined-all suggestions welcome and appreciated.
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