Originally Posted by tager
The smaller the better. I have done a few 3 day cruises on my 24, but I take my dinghy out every day. It's true, the amount of use a boat gets is inversely related to it's length.
I take out my C-25 all the time, and my 12" Escape Captiva has sat in the garage all season. Easier to hank on a jib and throw off lines than tow the boat and launch it.
Now as far as the fun factor? You might have something there.
looking for a cruiser for sure strictly sail no huge power, and older because it has a history behind it,and heart.
I think you'd be more worried about seaworthiness, current shape and ease of maintenance than a history. It's is true that older boats can hold together well for a long time if they have been well maintained. Mine is a 79 and I found out this weekend that I'm the 6th owner. ( I ran into the FO and the FFO on the dock last weekend.)
Where will you be sailing? How many will be with you typically? What is your experience level?
Catalina's make a nice choice, the 27 has a lot more room down below than the 25. You can definitely find a nice C-25 for well under 10K.