Looking to buy a boat in the DC area and have some questions
Are you looking for a day sailer (an open boat) or a cruiser (one with a small cabin)?
I have a Catalina 22, which has a small cabin, complete with dinette, sliding galley, V berth, porta-potty, etc. The C22 has a swing keel, so you can raise it for thin water and lower it for better upwind performance.
If you want just a day sailer, Hunter makes a few models that are cheap. Oday also makes a nice day sailer.
For your budget, you are probably best off looking in the local paper, or maybe just cruising around marinas. There are lots of nice small boats around.