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The problem with the Ensigns is that most of them did not have a self bailing cockpit. While I am not a big fan of the sailing characteristics of these older CCA designs from the period of the Ensign, I would think that if you are looking for CCA type design you might be better off with the 22 ft Sea Sprite.
Other CCA era daysailers that might better suit your needs would be one of the C&C designed C&C 22's such as the Grampian Classic 22. (I owned a Grampian Classic 22 when I first moved to Annapolis and she was a wonderful boat across a wide range of conditions. Mine did not have a self bailing cockpit but later versions did.)
My other quick thought would be to find a no longer raced early J-22 or a 23 foot Sonar. Both are far superior sailing boats in all conditions to the CCA era boats and both offer similar room on board for a price under $10k.
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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay