In most cases, price will reflect age, nothing safety oriented, unless some major part is missing.
We got our 85 30' boat for just over 20K, could have spent less if we wanted, but it was clean, and something we liked.
Any boat from the 20' with a small cabin on up can sail here in puget sound, up and into the sanjuans too!
She drives me boat,
I drives me dinghy!