Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
Thanked 26 Times in 25 Posts
Rep Power: 16
A relatively inexpensive starter-boat with the characteristics you outline might be a Pearson 30 or Tartan 30. These are older designs, but they're generally put together well enough and sail well enough in the light air of Mass. Bay summers. Catalina 30's offer a lot of room, if you can find one at the right price. They are a lot more boat than the first two, so operating a Catalina 30 may be more difficult at first, and possibly more expensive, with more stuff to play with on board. Going for a tall rig enables you to reef if the wind picks up. Having a stumpy rig means starting the engine sooner when the wind dies.