Originally Posted by Capt.aaron
I was just poking around sailboatlistings.com-fla. There are a sh!tload of boats for under 40 G's. The 1967 soverel for $8,000, and 1976 down east for 30 something. check it out dude. You can jump start your dream if you buy here and your a few day's sail from the Carib.
Thanks Capt. A - Hadn't seen that site and will check it out.
The more I read, the more I think the boat I will buy will be more of a coastal cruiser than a true blue water boat. I'll still look for a sturdy boat w/ a shoal keel and a skeg hung rudder, but I think I'll probably be fine with a 90's Benneteau or Catalina (35-40 ft) for the type of sailing I'll likely do - mostly very patient island hopping in the carrib/mexico - ie, waiting for great weather windows and having a boat that's fast enough to take advantage of them. Doing this for 4-5 years and if I want to go overseas, I'll deal with trading up to a more capable boat. These boats can be had for $50k or less and many have much of the equipment I'm looking for.
will check that site out tonight.
Really appreciate all your input!