Originally Posted by anthony11
so the comfort factor is important to me - especially when the baby starts coming along.
The comfort factor was very important to us as well. Look at this link, Sail Calculator
scroll down to where it is yellow and plug in two boats.
Pick a J24 and compare it to a Pearson 30. Look at the Motion Comfort (where the bigger the number is more comfortable. 24 compared to 10.5 is a BIG difference.
Now - this is NOT the Bible
! There are lots of factors, but it may give you food for thought.
And yes - you can get a very nice boat from the 70s or 80s for under 20K - We did! We also paid for a very good surveyor.