You should take Sailingdog's advice to heart. Also, with a budget like yours, I would look for a boat with an Atomic 4 in it. For less than $1,500 you can rebuild one yourself, or you can have someone like Moyer do it for about $5,000. A few hundred dollars goes a long way on one of these, and it doesn't get you anywhere with a diesel that needs work. If you use common sense, they don't blow up. They go about half as far per volume of fuel, but I'm sure that's something you can live with. People who dismiss the A4 don't know what they are talking about.