I have been hunting for a boat for the last month and finally having my eyes set on a Pearson 35, 1978. The friend that has been helping me may be a little bias for he owns a Pearson 35 himself. My sailing plans are to sail the Chesapeake and later the ICW to the Caribbean. Also, the boat must be large enough for me to live on part time now and fulltime later on. My budget is around 25K. Is my friend giving me the right suggestion? Thank you ahead of time.