Recommended cruising boats
I''m in much the same situation. price-wise, and need-wise and have my own string goin here under the heading Morgan Nelson/Marack 454cb with significant comments about that specific boat, but not much else.
i looked back over some of the old strings on this message board and found a reference to a very interesting site: www.mahina.com. i haven''t explored it throughly yet, but it seems to contain loads of info for folks like you and me. look under selecting a cruising boat.