Gas vs. Diesel (are we crazy)?
I would not give up on the diesel in your size and price range just yet. There are boats in this range. Suggest you make a prioirty list of what you are looking for in a boat and then check the traders daily. And then be ready when one comes on the market. I bought my Bristol 24 with a 8hp Yanmar last year this way and have never regretted my decison. I sail in Tampa Bay and strongly suggest you add shoal draft or center board to list of requirements.