Re: Champagne taste on a beer budget
I agree with ccriders - those are all great boats for crossing oceans, not so much for the Chesapeake Bay.
You want good light air performance and shoal draft. Since the prevailing winds are from the South during the Summer, and the Bay runs on a North-South axis, you will inevitably spend most of your time beating or running. Buy a used racing boat with relatively shoal draft, not a blue water cruiser.