Originally Posted by SloopJonB
The highlighted area is true but where are you going to berth it? There is nothing in Vancouver - you have to buy a boat with transferable moorage.
That is truer for larger boats (30' and up). There may be more room for smaller boats because everyone is moving up. You need to check around.
Next to our own boat (which we love!), I would suggest that the OP consider Catalina 27's. You can buy a good boat at the top end of the OP's budget, perhaps a bit more. A good, forgiving family boat,
OP, welcome to Vancouver. You'll love sailing here. Perhaps we'll see you on the water some day!