Boat Suggestion Help Please
With those parameters you should be able to get into a ''70s 30 footer that has been maintained and is reasonably equipped. Expect to have ongoing repairs and updgrades, but that''s the game at this price point.
Good models include 29-31 models from C&C, Tartan, Cal, Pearson, Catalina, (in my personal order of desirability), all of which are common in New England. These are all well-rounded, modern fin-keel perfomance boats and good choices for getting started. Skip the earlier models unless you are so price-limited. Bristol 27, Tartan 27, Tritons are OK boats, but relatively slow (dogs!) and space-challenged.
Check out the S-2 9.1 for $17K in Salem, an superb boat if not pending too much repair. A more perfect boat might be the Laser 28 listed on Laek Winnipesaukee - race ready and fresh water only. A few $$$ but prabably well worth the money. Better to spend an extra 25% and get something you will really enjoy, the bank will help you out...
Search through www.yachtworld.com for all.