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I wouldn't suggest getting a Hunter, especially not one that you could buy in that size range for that price. Most older Hunters were not really designed as bluewater passage makers...and one of that size that would be in your price range would be from the darker days of the brand....and in pretty poor shape—definitely not capable of going on an extended voyage any time soon.
That said, most boats, even ones that are fully kitted out, will need some TLC to get ready for a passage of the magnitude you're discussing. I would highly recommend that you reserve about 15-20% of your total budget for repairs, upgrades and re-fitting. Sailboats are not like cars, in that when you buy one, even a new one, it is rarely ready to go out of the box. What worked for one sailor rarely works as well for a different one... and changes generally will have to be made to suit your particular sailing habits.
Given your somewhat limited budget and the fact that you're only going to have one or two people aboard most of the time, I would highly recommend you look at boats in the 30–40' range instead. A bluewater capable boat that is nearly ready to go in this size range will be affordable under the budget constraints you've currently got. The boat will also be easier to handle, and less expensive to maintain and repair.
Some boats that you might consider are the Alberg 30, Alberg 37, Hallberg Rassy Rasmus, Southern Cross 31, CS 36, Cape Dory 30, are all blue water capable boats that are going to be within the price range you've mentioned. Most will leave you enough to nicely prepare and outfit the boat for a Pacific passage.
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Last edited by sailingdog; 08-21-2007 at 11:03 AM.