Re: Help us choose a boat, please
You may have found your boat by now, but if not, I can tell you that in my research, while the mariners look good, watch out for the wood cockpits. Many of the forums for mariner chronicle owners rebuilding all of that. They have a good reputation inspite of that though.
I bought a Bristol 32 last year that was in decent shape for my needs for about 22K. Puget sound sailing. She didn't have much for electronics and the head is a portapotty, but essentially sound. They are rare on the west coast for sure. Mine was ordered new in '75 by a Seattle owner who had her 25 years. The second owners had her 11. I'm just the third owner. They aren't the fastest, but I did hit 7.5 briefly on the speedo last year. The accomodations are a bit tight for a 32. We haven't gone with another couple overnight yet, but it is doable. Tons of storage for stuff and tankage for water. I can carry 100 gallons. 70 in the keel and 30 in a bow tank. Although with 100' of anchor chain too, that 30 gallons puts her out of trim badly.
Good luck if you are still shopping.