A Catalina can easily handle the trips you envision. I've recently come back from the Baja Ha Ha where three Catalina 36's made the 900 NM trip without a problem. Is your $90k budget after taxes? This might be tough to buy a 380 for that amount. for example, my 2000 C34 recently appraised for that amount.
I think I should be ok, I have the 90k before taxes and them some left over for whatever I encounter that requires some work.
I understand its going to be a bit of a squeeze price wise but its going to be cash and I'm hopeful that with the economy the way it is that a boat owner who's had their boat static on the market for over a year (of which there is quite a few) is going to accept an offer in my price range.
How did they fair in rough weather? Do they hold well or are you battling to stay on course?
Thanks for the info