Its amazing what saltwater does to a boat. With the amount of 100% freshwater boats in the area, there is no need to look into a saltwater boat. Take your time and you'll find the right one, hopefully one that was someone's pride and joy.
5' or less is a good idea. Not sure where on Oneida Lake you plan to sail, but the west side is horrid, shoals are everywhere. The east side is mostly shoal free, you just need the shallow draft for getting in and out of the marinas. Lake Ontario is mostly a non-issue for depth.
Sounds like your on the right track, cosmetics are nice because they are optional, letting you get the boat out right away, and fixing the other stuff throughout the year.
Boat: O'Day 25 / Sea Ray 270 Flybridge
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