Try a Albin Vega 28 they were built for the North Sea and are very sea kindly they have a nice layout tiller steering with a volvo sail drive with a 4 foot draft.
I'm looking to move up from our Catalina 22 to something that would be safer to cross Lake Michigan. I would like to keep costs down by stepping the mast and trailer launching the boat in the spring and recovering in the fall my self. So far, it looks like the Pacific Seacraft 25 would be my leading contender; moderate draft, well-built, tabernacle mast step (I think).
The limitations (other than price) are that I would need to find a boat that has at least a yard trailer, moderate draft, and mast that can be stepped by two people and an A-frame, probably fixed keel (tired of dragging weeds around on my keel cable).
What else should go on my list?
PSC25, Cape Dory25D...?