Re: Buying a Cruiser---- I finally know what I need- please advise
Cape Dory 30 or 31, Westsail 32, Baba 30, Island Packet 29 or 31, Bristol 32 to 35, Pearson 365, and probably a lot more.
You have a realistic budget and realistic expectations. It should not be hard to find a good boat you are going to be happy with.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.