Excellent primer: Two of the better cruising boats are not on the list, though in general most of the ones on the list deserve it. For a smaller boat, the Ranger 33 (Mull design) is capable strong and fast.
Gulfstar sailboats 41-42-43-44&50(they also made motor sailers) if the blisters have been managed, make excellent cruisers. Their upwind performance is excelled only by Valiant in my experience. Sailed one from Mazatlan to Brookings Oregon in 16 days. Wind forward of the beam much of the way. Limited fuel
capacity is offset by their sailing ability. Prices quite low, frequently a great bargain.