Originally Posted by Alex W
There is a nice one of these with a repower that has been for sale on my dock for a long time. You could probably get it for a song at this point. Smallish interior, strongly built, no liner which is good in a lot of ways.
Yeah -- gutting one to the bare hull takes a couple hours with a screwdriver. Why
you would need to do so is a discussion unto itself.
Not sure it fits the OP's criteria, tho. Certainly an attractive boat, coastal w/ offshore ability, and available at bargain prices. But it is a small 30'er, very small. 5'10" headroom, teensy head, cramped berths, and little light or ventilation. It ain't a Hunter. And as for freeboard ... not a feature. It belongs to the 'submarine with sails' design philosophy:
Upwind monster; you will get wet. Ballads came with Volvo Pentas, not a beloved powerplant. The Ranger 33, BTW, generally had the A4. Some have been repowered. These will cost more.
Hard to go too wrong with a Catalina 30, either. They are roomy and well-behaved. J/boats made a few in this range, and Islander.