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Best Built Boats?

From the comments so far I can only summize
that these folks I read about on the web and in magazines sailing around in the middle of the ocean are sailing pretty much whatever they can find for the money they have(kinda like me).Im sure if I had the bucks I''d get a new Fast Passage 39 but like those in the stories I read I must dig deep,try to get the best bang for the buck also.
So back to the topic:Which of the smaller boats 28'' to 32'' were known to be well built(for the open ocean or longterm Carribean style cruising).
I have a ton of scientific data(sail data spread sheets).These are great for comparing numbers but tell nothing of the actual quality of construction.
Tell me of the Cal Series of boats,Ericsons,Camper Nicholson,etc.
Example:On one of my data sheets the Ericson 29 is top choice,it has a better Capsize Ratio,comfort ratio,etc that some of the larger boats and is affordable to.
I have come to one conclusion:Balsa decks can be trouble on a very old boat.Exspensive to fix if they are water logged.I read alot about this.Where there any boats that had all glass decks.
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