need boat advice...new to sailing!
My family''s first boat was a Pearson Ensign, which can be found in your price range. We were very happy with this boat. These boats are 22 and 1/2 feet long and have a full keel. They were built mostly in the 1960s and 1970s but there are still many around, and still some racing fleets. They were very solidly constructed. They are not fast by today''s standards (because of the full keel) but are very forgiving and have a very large cockpit that is comfortable for a family and guests.
You will not find many listed for sale on yachtworld.com and other similar web-sites (because of their comparatively low prices), but a Google search will get you to official and unofficial web-sites devoted specifically to them, and to Pearsons, generally.