The T-Bird would be a great starter.. lots of them around, a wide range of pricing due to the availablilty of plywood and glass versions (I think the design was sponsored by plywood manufacturers back in the '50s) Wooden 'Birds are still winning major races in the fleet.
They are a good sailing boat, the class is strong still, esp in the PNW and in Victoria there would be lots of support and knowledge about.
There are several versions of fiberglass 'Birds; the original deck closely resembles the original wooden plans, then the Booth deck provided a bit more volume below, and the "Seattle" deck is a sleeker profile deck with accordingly less room below. Booth is probably still in business in some form or other in Victoria, check them out. (Booth Enterprises).
A few were built with wooden hulls married to fiberglass decks. I've sailed one of these, it recently sold up in Deep Bay. The wooden decks, of course, need careful attention if you're shopping one.
Prices will probably range from a few K to 15K or so for a real nice 'glass one.
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Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
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