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Old 07-30-2008
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Welcome Pip...
is it possible to get a good 40 ft cruiser for around the 20,000 usd mark ?

something that can handle the pacific

My short answer to that question is no...you can't get that size boat that will handle blue water cruising for that kind of money. You will need to spend 3x that for a 40 footer that is designed and capable of doing oceans.
Of course there are 20k "bargains" out there but you will spend the difference and much time making the repairs necessary to make them capable again after they have been bought in deteriorated condition.
Suggest you investigate the sticky post "bluewater boats" at the top of the buying a boat forum for additional thoughts and suggestions. Even at 60k it will be difficult to find a boat that size that is ready to go.
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