Thank you for getting back to me so quickly.
Barry, Saberman thank you for your insights.
I agree with that the state of any individual boat is going to be a better measure of quality than the original manufacture.
You're right that there are *lots* of boats in this age range and size, which is actually a bit overwhelming. We've been trying hard to lay out our priorities and for now we're pretty much tied to land and weekend sailing for the next few years - so we're more concerned with sailing characteristics (particularly in light wind) over "live aboard" amenities.
I hadn't even thought about using a broker! I think that would be really helpful given our lack of experience - thanks for the tips.